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The Baltimore Afro-American
, commonly known as The Afro
, is a weekly newspaper published in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It is the flagship newspaper of the Afro-American chain and the longest-running African-American family-owned newspaper in the United States.
The newspaper was founded in 1892 by a former slave, John H. Murphy, Jr., who merged his church publication, The Sunday School Helper,
with two other church publications, The Ledger
and The Afro-American
. The publication began to rise in prominence when, in 1922, Carl Murphy
Carl Murphy was an African-American Journalist, publisher, civil rights leader, and educator.-Biography:...
took control and served as its editor for 45 years. There have been as many as 13 editions of the newspaper in major cities across the country; today there are just two: one in Baltimore, and the other in Washington, D.C.