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Colored People's Column and Colored News (Earlington Newspaper)

Almost from the beginning, a Colored news column appeared in The Bee, a semi-weekly Republican newspaper in the mining town of Earlington, KY. The newspaper was first published in 1889, and the column, "Colored People's Column," appeared as early as 1893, and "Our Colored Citizens," appeared in 1900. By 1902, it was named "News for the Colored People," written by Reverend J. H. Gough. The column was limited to 1,000 words and the coverage area included Earlington, Mortons Gap, and Hecla, KY.

African American readers were encouraged to subscribe to The Bee. The column was to appear in each newspaper issue but would be omitted if space was needed for other news. Around 1903, the column was headed "Colored News" or "Colored Column" until it was finally decided that "Colored News" would be the heading. The Bee existed for almost 50 years, and "Colored News" can be found on the latter pages of most issues.

Full text of the newspaper is available for the years 1898-1910 at Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program and Chronicling America. For more about the history of the newspaper, see The Bee, a Chronicling America website.

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NKAA Source: The Bee (newspaper)

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“Colored People's Column and Colored News (Earlington Newspaper),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 28, 2022,

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