Savannah Tribune
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Owner(s)Shirley B. James [1]
PublisherShirley B. James [1]
EditorShirley B. James [1][2]
Managing editorDedra Holloway
Founded1875; 147 years ago (1875)
HeadquartersSavannah, Georgia
United States
Circulation10,000 [1]

The Savannah Tribune is a weekly African-American newspaper published in Savannah, Georgia.


The Savannah Tribune was founded in 1875 and went through two hiatuses (from 1878 to 1886 and from 1960 to 1973).[1] Originally named the Colored Tribune, the paper was established by Louis B. Toomer, Sr., Louis M. Pleasant, and Savannah native John H. Deveaux who served as the first editor.[1][2] The first edition was published in 1875. The name was changed to the Savannah Tribune in 1876.[1]

The newspaper published until 1878, when the all-white printers in the city, refused to produce it.[1] It reopened in 1886.[1] Deveaux served as the paper's owner and editor until 1889.[1] Sol C. Johnson was appointed as the paper's editor and purchased the paper in 1909 upon Deveaux's death.[1] Johnson ran the paper until his death in 1954, when he was succeeded by his goddaughter Willa Johnson.[3] She edited the paper until it closed in 1960.[1]

Robert E. James, a Savannah banker, reestablished the paper in 1973 and served as the owner and publisher until 1983.[1] In that year, Shirley B. James became the publisher and owner.[1]

Managing Editors have included Tanya Milton, current Vice President and Advertising Director, Deanie Frazier, Sharon Smiley, Marius Davis Whitney Hunter and Dedra Holloway.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Alan Sverdlik: Savannah Tribune from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online (2008-11-14). Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  2. ^ a b "Contact Us". Savannah Tribune Online. The Savannah Tribune. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  3. ^ "The Savannah tribune. (Savannah Ga.) 1876-1960" - Georgia Historic Newspapers, Digital Library of Georgia