Star News: Campaign seeks to save The Wilmington Journal, a historic voice for Black community

Hunter Ingram

Wilmington StarNews

WILMINGTON – On Nov. 10, 1898, the office of The Daily Record, a Black-run newspaper published by Alexander Manly, was burned to the ground by a mob of white supremacists who would go on to lead a massacre through the Black community.

The loss of The Daily Record silenced the sole source of news for the Black residents of Wilmington and left a void that wouldn’t be filled until 1927 when The Wilmington Journal printed its first issue with a mission that took up the mantle of its predecessor.

Today, the Journal has 93 years of weekly issues in its archives, but the pains of continued media constriction, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges have put its future in jeopardy, something community members are looking to reverse.