T. Thomas Fortune

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NYPL ID number: 116918


Joseph Fischl
Mne of Mark; eminenet, progressive and rising, by William J. Simmons, n.d. Opposite page 785


Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Born a slave in Florida, T. Thomas Fortune was freed after emancipation. As a young man, he headed north to Washington D.C. where he attended Howard University and worked for a local newspaper. He then settled in New York City and established himself as a newspaper editor, founding the New York Globe, which he later renamed the Freeman and finally the Age. My grandfather, Jerome B. Peterson, served as co-editor of the Age for many years. Fortune was one of several prominent black New Yorkers who became disillusioned with the Republican Party in the last decades of the nineteenth-century, and for a period of time switched allegiance to the Democratic Party.


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Joseph Fischl, “T. Thomas Fortune,” Black Gotham Archive, accessed July 10, 2018, https://archive.blackgothamarchive.org/items/show/59/.