Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Pittsburgh Courier

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Pittsburgh Courier

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Before becoming the nation's premier African-American weekly newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier was a small start-up publication created by Edward N. Harleston.

Mr. Harleston was a man of diverse talents: carpenter, funeral home owner, machine shop apprentice and aspiring writer. Following the death of his wife in 1895, he moved from South Carolina to Atlantic City, N.J. He started writing articles that would become the first editions of The Courier.

In Atlantic City, Mr. Harleston was a superintendent at the Heinz Company Pier and befriended a Pittsburgh woman, Parenthia Tanner. Around 1907, he began working at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, staying at the Tanner family home in Oakland. He helped write the first edition of The Pittsburgh Courier, distributed on Jan. 1, 1910. The first copies were printed in Atlantic City and shipped to Pittsburgh by Ms. Tanner.

Pittsburgh's African-American community took interest in the publication, including Cumberland Posey Sr. …

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