Early African Newspaper

   Posted by: rring   in Uncategorized

The Watkinson has two issues (vol. 1 numbers 3 & 4) of the first newspaper published in the colony of Liberia. From 1830 to 1834, its editor was John Brown Russwurm, a Jamaican-born mulatto who was educated in Canada, graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, and then settled in New York where, in 1827, he and Samuel Cornish co-founded Freedom’s Journal, the first black newspaper in the United States. The Liberia Herald became the fifth oldest newspaper in Africa after the French-language periodicals published in Egypt during the Napoleonic occupation of 1797, the Cape Town Gazette of South Africa, 1800, The Royal Gazette and Sierra Leone Advertiser, 1801, and The Royal Gold Coast Gazette, 1822.

The library record is here: http://library.trincoll.edu/voyager/shortcut.cfm?BIBID=276493


This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 8:34 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed at this time.