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Christopher J. Perry

Philadelphia Tribune

1884 - 1921

Publishing & Print Media

pre-1900 b. 1854
male
Personal
Born-Died1854 - 1921
BirthplaceMaryland (MD)
RaceBlack or African American
Era - pre-1900

Because of the firm’s bankruptcy, Perry lost his job as head of the “Colored Department” of a major Philadelphia newspaper, but went on to start his own paper just a few months later. With its first issue coming out in 1884, the Philadelphia Tribune became the largest black weekly paper in the city, popular for its editorial nature and active coverage of community news. Perry also used the paper as a vehicle for social change, using his influence to push for better services in the community. By 1930, the paper had boasted a circulation of 20,000.