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.