Trade card, 3 x 5.25 in. (77 x 130 mm). The People's Recorder: Orangeburg, South Carolina, n.d., circa 1905.
The People's Recorder advertised itself as "The Leading Race Paper in the State." This was a weekly paper, "Published from It's Own Two Story Building. Orangeburg, S.C." from 1893 to about 1925. Its banner promoted it as being published "for the elevation of our race, and [as] an exponent of Republican principles." Established by Samuel Hayward and the Reverend Clarence Fisher Holmes, pictured here, it was one of the few voices for African Americans in a southern state. In 1925 it merged with another African American paper, the Southern Indicator, becoming the Recorder-Indicator.
The People's Recorder included both local and national news and added weekly sermons and calls to push for education and voting rights, among other issues. It also was the official voice of the Grand United Odd Fellows of South Carolina, a fraternal organization, reflecting its connection with the Black business community.
Image faded somewhat, small tear to left edge, light soiling.
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