Freedoms journal was the first african american owned and operated newspaper published in the united states founded by rev peter williams jr and other free black men in new york city it was published weekly as a four page four column newspaper starting with the march 16 1827 issue. Freedoms journal was the first african american owned and operated newspaper in the united states a weekly four column publication printed every friday freedoms journal was founded by free born african americans john russwurm and samuel cornish on march 16 1827 in new york city new york . Freedoms journal was the first newspaper published by blacks in the united states it was published weekly in new york city from march 16 1827 to march 28 1829 the newspaper was founded in 1827 the same year that slavery was abolished in new york state by a group of free black men in new york city. On march 16 1827 samuel cornish and john russwurm published the inaugural issue of freedoms journal the first african american newspaper in the united statesthe newspaper cornish and russwurm informed their readers was designed to address a particularly troubling gap in the contemporary american literary marketplace
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