The Colored American
Front page of the December 30, 1865 edition of The Colored American from Augusta, Georgia.
Front page of the December 30, 1865 edition of The Colored American from Augusta, Georgia.
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)John T. Shuften
PublisherJohn T. Shapiro
FoundedOctober 1865 (1865-10)
Ceased publicationFebruary 1866 (1866-02)
HeadquartersAugusta, Georgia
CityAugusta, Georgia
CountryUnited States of America
OCLC number8780206

The Colored American published in Augusta, Georgia from October 1865 to February 1866. It was the first African American newspaper in the South.[1][2] The paper was founded by John T. Shuften, who was forced to sell the paper within six months due to a lack of financial support.[3] The paper was published by John T. Shapiro.[4] The Colored American covered political, religious, and general news.[5] Shuften published the newspaper with assistance from James D. Lynch. The paper was purchased in January 1866 by the Georgia Equal Rights Association, and the name was changed to the Loyal Georgian, published by John Emory Bryant.[6]

References

  1. ^ Simmons, Charles A. (18 May 2018). The African American Press: A History of News Coverage During National Crises, with Special Reference to Four Black Newspapers, 1827-1965. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-3494-4. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  2. ^ Negro Yearbook. Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute. 1925. p. 465. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  3. ^ Clark, James C. (24 February 1990). "JOHN SHUFTEN BLAZED A PAIR OF TRAILS". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 29 July 2021. Shuften was born in 1840 in Augusta, Ga. At the end of the Civil War, he started a newspaper, The Colored American, the first black-owned newspaper in Georgia. With the help of a Baltimore church, he was able to buy type to print his newspaper. It was underfinanced, though, and within six months Shuften was forced to sell.
  4. ^ Danky, James Philip; Hady, Maureen E. (1998). African-American newspapers and periodicals : a national bibliography. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-674-00788-8. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  5. ^ Gibson, John William (1903). The Colored American from Slavery to Honorable Citizenship. J.L. Nichols & Company. p. 454. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  6. ^ "The Daily loyal Georgian. (Augusta, Ga.) 1867-186?". Georgia Historic Newspapers. Digital Library of Georgia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021. The Loyal Georgian’s origins stem from Augusta’s first Black-Republican newspaper, the Colored American. John T. Shuften founded the Colored American in October of 1865 with the assistance of African Methodist Episcopal Church missionary James D. Lynch. Shuften was the editorial voice of the weekly newspaper advocated for the rights recently-freed African Americans. In January 1866, the newly formed Georgia Equal Rights Association purchased the publication to serve as its new organ. The organization changed the title to the Loyal Georgian and John Emory Bryant, a former Freedmen’s Bureau agent, became editor of the newspaper.