Philip A. Bell, newspaper editor

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I. Garland Penn, The Afro-American Press and its Editors


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Born in New York City in 1808, Philip Bell attended the Mulberry Street School where he was one of Peter Guignon's classmates. After graduation, he threw himself into political activism and became a newspaper man. In 1837, he founded the short-lived Weekly Advocate. After its demise, he collaborated with Sameul Cornish and Charles Ray to start the Colored American which ran until 1842.


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