Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm: First Freedom’s Journal Editorial

(1827)

About the Author

The first editorial in Freedom’s Journal was penned by the senior and junior editors, Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm, respectively. They edited the paper together for six months, until Cornish decided to resign, leaving full editorship to Russwurm. The paper went on under Russwurm for another year and a half before it ceased publication, mainly for financial reasons.

Samuel Cornish was born a free African American in Delaware around 1795. In 1815 he moved to Philadelphia, where he taught in a Presbyterian school. He started his studies with ministers in the...

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