Edward E. Cooper, formerly with the, launched the in 1888. He claimed it to be the only illustrated African American journal and poured large sums into making the , with its proclivities, the “Harper’s Weekly of the Colored Race.”
Credit: Madam C.J. Walker Collection, Indiana Historical Society
Financially strapped, he sold the paper in 1892 to. Under Knox, the paper supported the , gave full play to Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee philosophy of accommodation, became known for its theater coverage, and professed to having the largest circulation of any Black paper in the United States. After World War I, inflation, competition from the more locally attuned , and the increased price doomed the , ceasing publication in 1926.
Revised February 2021