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The New York Age is published

July 1944 (copy)

*On this date in 1887, The New York Age began publication.  This was a Black newspaper produced from 1887 to 1960 and was one of the most influential nonwhite newspapers of its time.  

The paper had its origins as the weekly New York Globe another Black newspaper that was published weekly from 1880 to November 8, 1884. Co-founded by editor Timothy Thomas Fortune, it became the New York Freeman from November 22, 1884, to October 8, 1887, published six times weekly.

It was co-owned by Jerome B. Peterson, who in 1904 was made the American consul in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.  Gertrude Mossell and W. E. B. Du Bois  worked there.   Fred R. Moore bought the paper in 1907.  From 1953 to 1957, it was titled the New York Age Defender.  The paper ran until February 27, 1960. 

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