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The Afro-American

Every newspaper creates its own time capsule of its understanding of the past, but few are as singular as what resides in The Afro-American’s archives in Charles Village. Founded by former slave John Murphy in 1892 and continuously published by his family ever since, The Afro’s archives—beginning in 1923, the paper started saving everything used to create its content—provide a unique window in black life in Baltimore and America in the 20th century that has only recently begun to be mined. The archives sat unexplored for decades before archivists started the slow process of sorting through, organizing, and digitizing them in 2007.

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