After hundreds of years of slavery, freed African Americans in the northern states decided to do something to help alter their image in the United States and across the world. Beginning in 1827, Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm opened the "Freedom's Journal" In New York City. This was the first ever black-owned and operated newspapers in the United States. This is where your journey will start in our interactive StoryMap below!
To learn more, watch Stanley Nelson's Full Documentary "The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords."