Thematic Galleries

Click on any of the clippings below to view the whole article in context in the Huntsville Gazette at Chronicling America.

News Briefs

In many issues, the editors rounded up the news and editorial statements they’d gleaned from other Black newspapers and published them as “News and Sentiment (From Colored Exchanges).” This often featured the activities, accomplishments, and status of Black workers, politicians, thinkers, and artists which, when aggregated together, made for a national portrait of progress. It was also a way of sharing editorial comments from across the country, attributed to other Black newspapers.

January 14
June 3
October 21
March 18
July 22
April 22
September 9
December 9

Justice & Injustice

Much of news reporting was focused on crime and the legal system. When it came to the country’s Black population, this sometimes included extralegal (that is, outside of the law or illegal) physical attacks and lynchings. On one hand, the editors were committed to reporting on frightening and sickening acts of racial terror carried out to punish crimes purportedly committed against whites, usually white women. On the other hand, they sometimes fell prey to parroting the prejudiced words of mainstream white newspapers when reporting on what they considered to be legitimate crimes committed by other people of color.

February 18
August 19
October 28
April 29
September 2
November 4
November 11
August 12
September 23
December 2

Inequity & Prejudice

Beyond lynching and other means of terrorizing the Black citizenry, the United States was still a profoundly difficult place for African Americans to simply exist. Both laws and social mores kept non-whites segregated and prevented them from having an equal chance to thrive. Reporting in this area covered the emigration of Blacks from the South to other parts of the country and beyond, as well as this country’s unfair laws and refusal to comply with the ones that were fair, often related to equal access to spaces and services.

January 21
April 1
June 17
February 25
April 15
June 24
March 25
May 20
November 18


Education was important to freed people and the generations that followed. Reporting in this area often focused on accomplishments — schools established and students excelling — and the effect of education on the community. Some of this might have just as easily been classified under Inequity & Prejudice as it concerns the role of race in the laws and statutes the govern education.

February 4
June 10
August 26
September 16
May 13
July 1
October 14
May 27
July 8
December 16

In the South

Items grouped here reflect broad interest in the activities and accomplishments of Black Southerners and their institutions, as well as the way they remembered the Civil War and Reconstruction.

January 28
April 8
December 23
March 4
July 29
March 11
August 5
December 30

On the World’s Stage

Items in this group see the eyes of the Gazette turn to the world, or the world to Black Americans. In particular, African Americans were interested in the accomplishments of their sisters and brothers of color around the world and the way the United States related to countries like Liberia and Haiti.

January 7
July 15
November 25
February 11
September 30
May 6
October 7