The newspapers section includes selected, transcribed articles
from two major African-American owned newspapers--the Charlottesville
Reflector and the Richmond
Planet. Thomas J. Sellers edited and owned the Reflector,
and we have only one surviving short run of it (a year and a half).
Sellers writes about the local black community, the pain of segregation,
and the success of black businesses, churches, and fraternal institutions.
Sellers' perspective ranges across many national events, including
the Scotsboro cases, the depression, and the New Deal. We selected
a range of newspaper articles from the Reflector for inclusion in
this collection--editorials, social announcements, letters, and
The Planet was edited by John Mitchell and was one of the largest
and most widely read black papers in Virginia. The Planet had a
"Charlottesville correspondent" who reported on news from
the African-American community that was of interest to Richmond
readers. We selected articles from or about Charlottesville or Albemarle
for inclusion in this collection. While we have compiled over 1,000
articles in this collection, we have not finished this project and
the collection should not be considered complete.