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#BHM The #RichmondPlanet credited the @cvillejeffschool for its impact in the @charlottesvilleva #community of #VinegarHill @downtowncville @uva Lawn resident and enslaved laborer #IsabellaGibbons taught here. She will talk about her experience here on April 5th and 6th w/ Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg for the state lunch and Royal 👑 visit! In #Richmond #VA 13 former slaves: James Hayes, James Johnston, E.R. Carter, Walter Fitzhugh, Henry Hucles, Albert Norrell, Benjamin Graves, James Merriweather, Edward Randolph, William Andrews and Reuben Hill, pooled their resources and started #America ‘s oldest #Negro #newspaper
The 1st editors of the #Planet were Edmund A. Randolph, a @yale graduate and a native of @williamsburgfamilies a leading politician of his day, whom served as editor- in-chief. James E. Merriwether, an outstanding #educator and civic leader, and E.R. Carter, also prominent in politics, served under Randolph as contributing editors.
The Planet took a strong editorial stance against the rumor that the @rvaschools #SchoolBoard was planning to sack the Negro School #Principals : James Hayes, Albert Norell and James Johnston. The School Board was so displeased that @blackmaleedalliance school teachers lost their jobs. Among them, John Mitchell, Jr.
Mitchell did not found the #RIC Planet, newspaper "born in the wake of freedom," but under his tenure the Planet gained its well-deserved reputation as a proponent of racial equality and of rights for #AfricanAmericans
Born a #slave in Richmond on July 11, 1863, Mitchell was appointed editor of the weekly paper in 1884 at the age of 21. He quickly gained a reputation as a man determined to expose racial injustice wherever it lurked. One writer described him as, "daring to hurl the thunderbolts of truth into the ranks of the wicked." "No stronger race man is known among us," the adulation continued. "Clinging to no party, subserving to no one...” 💯✊🏽 @black_history_ @blackeducatorsnetwork_pgh @blackedtv @blackvoices @blackeducatorsrock @mediablackoutusa @blackhistory at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center