Author: Roanoke Times

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“The Press in Trouble” from the Roanoke Times (May 24, 1891)

In this article from the May 24, 1891 issue, the Roanoke Times describes the troubles encountered by the Roanoke Weekly Press, Roanoke’s first black newspaper, when a correspondent criticized and ridiculed the area’s colored pastors. (A more lengthy discussion of the problem is published five days later.) The article also mentions that the paper had attracted white advertisers, an remarkable feat given the strained racial climate of the day.

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“Bloodthirsty Vest.” from the Roanoke Times (March 10, 1891)

This short article from the Roanoke Times (March 10, 1891) describes an incident in which someone dropped off several issues of the Roanoke Weekly Press, Roanokeꞌs first black newspaper, at police headquarters. This act was a response to a police campaign against black “vagrants” and African American saloons and eating-houses in Gainsboro, which resulted in numerous arrests as well as accusations of police brutality from black residents.

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"Peace and Quiet," Roanoke Times (September 22, 1893)

In "Peace and Quiet," published on September 22, 1893, the Roanoke Times reports on the lynching of Thomas Smith, an African American man accused of assaulting and robbing a white woman. During the assault on the jail, authorities fired on the mob, killing seven white men.

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"Judge Lynch!," Roanoke Times (February 12, 1892)

In "Judge Lynch!," published on February 12, 1892, the Roanoke Times reports on the lynching of Will Lavender, an African American man accused of assaulting a twelve-year-old white girl. The day before the paper had named another suspect in the case.

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"Brutal Attempt of a Negro," Roanoke Times (February 10, 1892)

In "Brutal Attempt of a Negro" published on February 10, 1892, the Roanoke Times reports on the alleged assault of a twelve-year-old white girl by an African American identified only as wearing a gray suit and rubber boots. A black man accused of the crime was lynched a few days later.

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