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Newspaper Columbus Chronicle (Columbus, Ga.) 1895-1900

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About Columbus Chronicle (Columbus, Ga.) 1895-1900

The Columbus Chronicle was a Black-owned newspaper published from 1895 to 1900. It circulated weekly on Saturdays and each issue ran at four pages. J. T. Coleman, the founding editor, had previously established two short-lived papers, the Georgia Mail and the Thomasville Courier. His third newspaper, the Columbus Chronicle, lasted longer than its predecessors and had a circulation of over one thousand.

The front pages of each issue featured national and international news events similar to those covered by the city’s paper of record, the Columbus Enquirer-Sun, but like many Black newspapers in Georgia at the time, the Chronicle was affiliated with the Republican Party. Coleman’s editorials on race embraced ideas associated with respectability politics and racial tolerance. One editorial, quoted in the December 21, 1895 issue of the Savannah Tribune, speaks to what he saw as the Black press’s tendency to find fault with “some man of the race as soon as he gets his nose above the common level.” Coleman’s rebuke hints at his affinity for the ideas of racial uplift, in which the rise of educated elites would improve the condition of all Black people in the United States.

Coleman edited the Chronicle throughout the paper’s life, with the exception of a period from 1897 to 1898, when J. Rolston Kenan took over as editor and manager. Kenan left to found a Democratic newspaper, the Weekly Democrat,a rarity among Black newspapers of the era. Coleman took over the Columbus Chronicle again until it folded in 1900.

Note: A portion of the issues digitized for this newspaper were microfilmed as part of the Miscellaneous Negro newspapers microfilm collection, a 12 reel collection containing issues of African American newspapers published in the U.S. throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Creation of the microfilm project was sponsored by the Committee on Negro Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1947. For more information on the microfilm collection, see: Negro Newspapers on Microfilm, a Selected List (Library of Congress), published in 1953. While this collection contains selections from more than 150 U.S. newspapers titles, for further coverage, view a complete list of all digitized African American titles available in the Chronicling America collection.

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About this Newspaper


  • Columbus Chronicle (Columbus, Ga.) 1895-1900

Dates of Publication

  • 1895-1900

Created / Published

  • Columbus, Ga. : J.T. Coleman


  • -  African American newspapers--Georgia
  • -  African Americans--Georgia--Columbus--Newspapers
  • -  Columbus (Ga.)--Newspapers
  • -  Muscogee County (Ga.)--Newspapers
  • -  African American newspapers
  • -  African Americans
  • -  Georgia
  • -  Georgia--Columbus
  • -  Georgia--Muscogee County
  • -  United States--Georgia--Muscogee--Columbus


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Began in 1895; ceased in 1900.
  • -  Microfilmed by the Library of Congress for the Committee on Negro Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 26 (Jan. 27, 1900).


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn83016189

OCLC Number

  • 9613829

ISSN Number

  • 2833-6666

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Chicago citation style:

Columbus Chronicle Columbus, Ga. -1900. (Columbus, GA), Jan. 1 1895.

APA citation style:

(1895, January 1) Columbus Chronicle Columbus, Ga. -1900. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Columbus Chronicle Columbus, Ga. -1900. (Columbus, GA) 1 Jan. 1895. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,