The Freedom’s Journal is published

March 16

On March 16, 1827,  The Freedom’s Journal was published. 

The Freedom’s Journal was the first newspaper owned and operated by African Americans. The newspaper served as a voice for the black community by advocating against racism and discrimination. During its peak, Freedom’s Journal spread to 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe and Canada. 

After two years the Freedom’s Journal ended publication in 1829 due to a shift in ideals which led to a decrease in readership.


Freedom’s journal, the first U.S. African-american owned newspaper. Wisconsin Historical Society. (2015, February 12). Retrieved March 1, 2023, from

Public Broadcasting Service. (n.d.). Freedom’s Journal. PBS. Retrieved March 1, 2023, from,abolished%20in%20New%20York%20State 

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