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New York Age

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New York Age
"The Afro-American Journal of News and Opinion"
TypeAfrican-American newspaper
FormatWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Timothy Thomas Fortune, Emanuel Fortune, Jr., and Jerome B. Peterson (1887–1907)
Fred R. Moore (1907–1943)
EditorTimothy Thomas Fortune
FoundedOctober 15, 1887 (1887-10-15)
Ceased publicationFebruary 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)
CityNew York City, New York
CountryUnited States

The New York Age was a black newspaper produced from 1887 to 1960, and was one of the most influential black newspapers of its time.[1]


The paper had its origins as the weekly New York Globe (not to be confused with the daily The New York Globe founded in 1904), an African-American newspaper that was published weekly from at least 1880 to November 8, 1884. Co-founded by editor Timothy Thomas Fortune,[2] a former slave,[3] 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.[4]

The paper then became the weekly New York Age from October 15, 1887, to February 27, 1960. Fred R. Moore bought the paper in 1907.[5][dead link] From 1953 to 1957, it was titled the New York Age Defender.

Gertrude Bustill Mossell worked at the New York Age from 1885 to 1889. W. E. B. Du Bois also worked there.[6]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Volume 2, pp. 901-02 (2004).
  2. ^ Horner, Shirley. "ABOUT BOOKS", The New York Times, October 3, 1993. Accessed December 19, 2007. "Timothy Thomas Fortune, a pioneering black journalist, who went on to start The New York Age, once the nation's leading black newspaper, moved to Red Bank in 1901."
  3. ^ Review of Quigley, David. Second Founding: New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy Archived 2007-06-11 at the Wayback Machine (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004) ISBN 978-0-8090-8513-2
  4. ^ (no headline - it's the tiny paragraph in the rightmost column on page 4, immediately above the clothing ad) in the Tacoma Times; published May 16, 1904 (via Chronicling America).
  5. ^ "Moore, Fred R". Oxford African American Studies Center. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide - An Ongoing Project". Archived from the original on 2011-06-24.
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