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Wed, 04.30.1862

L’Union, the South’s First Black Daily Newspaper is Published

*This date celebrates the first Black newspaper in the South, L'Union in New Orleans in 1862.

During these early days of journalism working along with other groups and institutions, the free Black press strove to give voice to and unite the desires of Louisiana African Americans. L'Union was founded and circulated as a biweekly and tri-weekly.   Published primarily in French, the paper ran a few issues in English beginning in 1863.  Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez was L'Union's primary financier and Paul Trévigne its editor.

Both men were prominent leaders in Louisiana's civil rights movement, and under their direction, the paper primarily spoke for the state's established community of free people of color, although also for slaves and newly freed Blacks. The paper suspended publication on July 19, 1864.

Reference:
The African American Atlas
Black History & Culture an Illustrated Reference
by Molefi K. Asanta and Mark T. Mattson
Macmillan USA, Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN 0-02-864984-2

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