11 Facts About Pittsburgh Courier


Pittsburgh Courier was an African-American weekly newspaper published in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1907 until October 22,1966.

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Pittsburgh Courier re-opened the paper in 1967 as the New Pittsburgh Courier, making it one of his four newspapers for the African-American audience.

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Pittsburgh Courier printed around ten copies, which he sold for five cents apiece.

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On May 10,1910, the Pittsburgh Courier was formally incorporated, with Vann handling the legal means.

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In November 1925, the Pittsburgh Courier joined the Associated Negro Press, the news collective of African-American publications.

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Under Vann, the "Local News" section of the Pittsburgh Courier covered the social lives of the upper- and middle-class members of the Hill District.

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The Pittsburgh Courier maintained its upward trajectory, reaching an all-time circulation high of 357,000 in 1947.

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In 1953, the Pittsburgh Courier published sixteen regional editions, totaling 250,000 copies.

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The Pittsburgh Courier was the first to spot the talent of a young William Gardner Smith, who was hired by the Pittsburgh Courier while still in high school.

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Pittsburgh Courier published comic strips, even syndicating some to other black newspapers.

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From August 1950 to August 1954, the Pittsburgh Courier partnered with the Smith-Mann Syndicate to publish a weekly color comics section called Carousel, featuring a line-up of strips aimed at an African-American audience.

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