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Title Correspondence Between James Samuel Stemons and His Sister Regarding the 'Philadelphia Pilot' Weekly Newspaper
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 2 Jan-7 Feb 1907
Document Type Correspondence
Reference MSS 12, Box 1, Folder 8
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Letters between James Samuel Stemons and his sister recounting the creation of the 'Philadelphia Pilot' black weekly newspaper. The letters give chart the history of how the paper was created, where the money came from and what the content will be, along with details about his personal relationships. Also includes official letters to agents offering subscriptions to the paper.
Series Description The collection documents Stemons's personal and professional life, and includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.
Biographical Note / History James Samuel Stemons was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and settled in Philadelphia c.1900. A postal worker, journalist and writer, he served as the editor of two short-lived African American newspapers: The Philadelphia Courant and The Pilot. He was also active in several civic organizations. An outspoken advocate for equal industrial opportunities for blacks, he lectured and published extensively on race relations. He served as field secretary of the Joint Organization of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities and the League of Civic and Political Reform.
Theme(s) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Nationality African American
Keywords press, newspaper, violence, race, suicide, religion, employment, wages, racism
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
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