Race and Place Newspapers

Richmond Planet

Newspaper Information
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Date of Publication: July 22, 1893 (Saturday)
Frequency: Weekly
Article Transcripts

Page 01

Column 01
Personals and Briefs

Transcript of Article

Miss Nannie J. Cary of Charlottesville, VA. is in the city, the guest of her cousin Miss Kate C. Watkins No. 910 1/2 N. 7th St.

Summary of Article
This section provides information about the travels of local community members. This week Miss Nannie J. Cary of Charlottesville is visiting her cousin, Miss Kate C. Watkins, in Richmond.

Column 01
Charlottesville Topics

Transcript of Article

The excursion to Washington left the V.M. Junction about 11:20 o'clock on Monday night, carrying six coaches filled to overflowing, and returning on Tuesday night at 2:30. Quite an enjoyable time was spent.

Miss Lula F. Smith left the city last week for Lynchburg, Va.

Any news of importance for the Planet can be left at Mr. Chas. Bullock's ice cream parlor, no later than Saturday of each week.

Mrs. Flora Lindsy is in the city.

Mr. Andrew Jackson left the city last week for Capon Springs.

The Planet is the leading colored paper that comes to this city. Every body should subscribe and pay for it

Mr. Major Gibbons continues very sick.

Several of our young men are speaking of going off to college next Fall.

The C.G.U.L. Club will give another one of their concerts soon.

We learn that the wedding bells will soon be ringing here again.

Mr. John Brown left the city last week for Capon Springs.

Do you subscribe to this paper or borrow it.

Mr. Wm. Patterson is in the city.

The Planet is always welcome in this city.

Mr. Wm. Parago who has been very sick is able to be out again.

Mrs. Johnson and daughter of Gordonsville, who have been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Jessey Carry on 4th St., returned home last week.

Misses Lucy and Mary Walker left the city last week to spend the summer at Mountain Top.

Miss N.J. Carry left the city Saturday morning for Richmond to visit Miss Kate E. Watson of 7th St. We wish her a pleasant time.

The Excursions are causing spring chickens to live hard.

What Charlottesville needs is a colored paper both daily and weekly, will you assist and do your part towards starting it?

Friends it require money to run a paper and not so much talk do your part by helping to start it.

Summary of Article
This article discusses weekly events in Charlottesville. The article is primarily concerned with detailing who is has left the city and who has returned to the city. Several members of the Charlottesville community recently left to visit Capon Springs and other summer vacation locations."Chepus"

Page 02

Column 03
"The State" and the Negro

Transcript of Article

The Richmond, Va., State in its issue of the 17th inst., under the caption of "The Big N" says:

The Negro Press Association of Virginia voted down a resolution providing for the commencement of the word Negro with a big "N." Some previous Afro-American convention has decided in favor of the big "N."

It is universally conceded among us that where the word, Negro is used it should be written with a capital N.

The discussion arises over its use in designating our people, some preferring Colored, others Afro-American and still others simply American citizen.

We are of the opinion that such discussions should occupy no place in our meetings. The State says:

These colored conventions are too frequent for the good of the colored race. Their heated discussion over such a trivial matter proves that. What the Negro, whether he spells his name with a big or small end should do, is to eschew all conventions, stick to the small end of a hoe and the big end of a watermelon and enjoy life.

In the contention to which reference is made, no heated discussion took place. The objectionable clause was stricken out with but little debate.

It seems to be unadulterated gall for this journal to give us advice as to how often we should meet, in view of the fact that the white State Press Association was in Charlottesville at the same time.

White men who were raised on a farm overseeing Negroes, it appears are never able to get rid of the impression that the Negro is only good to handle a hoe and eat a watermelon.

Negroes are editing newspapers, practicing medicine, putting up prescriptions, filling chairs in theological seminaries, colleges, instructing in the higher class of music, managing and controlling banks by being presidents and on the Boards of Directors, writing a high class of poetry and creating a literature which will compare favorably with the productions of famed Anglo-Saxon authors.

They are delivering intellectual and scholarly sermons to appreciative congregations, controlling their own brick yards and business places, putting before the public amateur actors with elocutionists rendering the productions of Negroes' brain.

These things are taking place in our midst and if the State editor will take the trouble, we will have a Negro's brand new $1100 carriage with a $200 pair of horses to call at his residence or office to carry him around his own town in it in order that he may see what the Negroes in his own city are doing.

We will show him a funeral procession which is headed by a $1600 hearse owned by a Negro and drawn by a $300 pair of white horses.

We desire to inform him that the Negro has advanced and that in his own mansion, he eats his watermelon in slices with a silver knife; where in by-gone days he swallowed it in chunks to the infinite satisfaction of himself and the amusement of the lookers-on.

When white folks abandon organization, we may abandon it too.

When they emigrate to Africa, we may emigrate there too.

With our present idea, we were with them in the beginning and, lo, we will be with them to the end.

Summary of Article
This article provides an interesting commentary about the capitalization of the letter, N, in the word "Negro". A formal discussion of this topic was held by the Negro Press Association of Virginia, which subsequently concluded that the "N" in Negro should be capitalized in the press. The article also chastises the white State Press Association for its criticism of this discussion, the Negro Press Association, and the Negro race in general. In an effort to refute this criticism, the article presents numerous examples of black advancement and industry in Charlottesville. The article further challenges the chief editor of the Press Association to explore the progress blacks have made in the city of Charlottesville.

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