John Brown Russwurm becomes the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College

September 6

On September 6, 1826, John Brown Russwurm became the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College

In 1826, John Brown Russwurm became the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College in Maine. Subsequently becoming the third African American to graduate from an American college. Russwurm played a key role in founding The Freedom’s Journal, the first black owned newspaper in the U.S. He served as co-editor, before becoming the sole editor in 1827. After changing their stance on abolitionism and the civil rights moments, readers decreased leading to the publication to end in 1829.


Sources

John B. Russwurm

John Brown Russwurm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: