Historically significant Georgia newspapers now accessible for free

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The Savannah Tribune was founded in 1875 and is known as “Georgia’s Best Weekly.” Excluding two hiatuses, it is one of the South’s longest-running African American newspapers. The images that have been digitized from this legacy paper are from 1886 to 1888. The newspaper’s images can be found on GHN at this link.

Athens Republique launched in 1919 and closed in 1927. During those years, it served the African American community in Athens and nearby towns. Images from the newspaper are accessible on GHN’s website.

These are not the only two historic African American newspapers published in Georgia that are accessible online. Prior grant-funded projects led to the digitization of other African American newspapers from 1867 to 2018. Such publications can be browsed at this link.