COLUMBIA, 9/28/12 (Beat Byte) -- In a digital look at local history from 111 years ago, the Library of Congress (LOC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) feature an astonishing online collection of The Professional World, one of nation's first black newspapers and the most important written record of Columbia's African-American community at the turn of the century.
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Created and edited by Rufus L. Logan from roughly 1901-1909, The Professional World boasted influential subscribers from both the black and white communities, including prosperous black professionals; the MU president; and the dean of the agricultural college.
A long-time Washington admirer, Logan tried live the famed educator's ideals, founding a Black-owned grocery that repatriated its profits to the community. He also ran ads promoting the only "all-Negro subdivision" in Columbia’s history, between North Garth and Third Streets.
The Professional World is also kept on microfiche at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Subsequent newspapers targeting Columbia's black community have included The Trumpet and the Douglass Neighborhood News.
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