This date, July 21, celebrates the establishment in 1864 of America’s first daily Black newspaper.
La Tribune de la Nouvelle Orle’ans, the New Orleans Tribune, was first published on this date in both French and English. Belgian scientist Jean-Charles Houzeau became managing editor of the New Orleans Tribune that year. Ardently sympathetic to the plight of Louisiana’s black population and reveling in the fact that his dark complexion led many people to assume he was Black himself, Houzeau passionately embraced his role as the Tribune’s editor and principal writer. The paper closed on February 28, 1869.
The New Orleans Tribune now is a monthly news magazine targeted to the upscale African-American community. [Continue reading at the African American Registry.]