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Our Colored Citizens (Maysville newspaper)

Around the middle of December, 1900, the Daily Public Ledger newspaper in Maysville, KY, had a column entitled "Our Colored Citizens." The column was dedicated to brief notes about African Americans in the city. On page one of the December 15, 1900, issue is a request for submissions; the first sentence of the column reads, "Send in news if you want it printed." The column can be found on any of the four pages of the various newspaper issues, and in the last available papers, published in 1912, the column was still called "Our Colored Citizens." The Daily Public Ledger was a four-page Republican newspaper that was founded in 1892. Thomas A. Davis was one of the eight original owners, and he would become the sole owner until 1907, when the paper was sold to Arthur F. Curran [sources: Chronicling America information website and A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, vol. 3, by E. P. Johnson]. In 1912, Daily Public Ledger was changed to Public Ledger, and the column "Our Colored Citizens" was continued in the retitled newspaper at least through December of 1915. Issues of the Daily Public Ledger and Public Ledger are available online at Kentucky Digital Library - Newspapers. Issues of the Daily Public Ledger are also available at Chronicling America.

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