YEBies Birthday: John Herny Murphy

On this date in 1840 John Henry Murphy Sr., the founder of the Black newspaper the Baltimore Afro-American was born a slave in Baltimore, Maryland. Murphy founded the Afro-American newspaper in 1892, originally designed to serve a local church community. With the assistance of his five sons and six daughters, he turned The Afro-American into one of the leading Black newspapers of the 20th century