The Lexington Standard was a weekly four-page African-American newspaper published from 1892 until 1912. Not many issues survive, but the ones that do paint a vivid picture of the opinions of the times. Learn about the fascinating history of The Standard at "Chronicling America," the Library of Congress' collection of historic American Newspapers
The prideful alumni in me decided this Berea College ad from the 27 January 1900 edition of The Lexington Standard should be part of this week’s post. My transcription follows.
FROM 22 STATES
An Unsectarian Settlement of College Students
From good Kentucky families, and from the North, with Normal and
Industrial work which reaches all classes. Location and management
make a student’s expenses very reasonable. For particulars address
Geo T Fairchild, LL D., Secretary, Berea, Ky.
I found this glimpse into Lexington’s past through the opinions of the black people of that time to be extremely interesting. Religious matters, happenings in other states, and much political opinion filled the four pages along with ads and rail schedules. In the “City and Vicinity” section, I learned that “George DePrad is not a Frenchman” and more about Henry Davis and his family than I needed to know!
Images courtesy Library of Congress: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025729/1900-01-27/ed-1/seq-3/