Arizona's first black community newspaper now part of the Arizona Memory Project
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Tribune was started in 1918 by Arthur Randolph Smith and became a staple of the black community in Arizona. The newspaper included stories from across the world, nation, and state. It featured poetry, church information, and opinion pieces.
The Phoenix Tribune also published articles on segregation and racism, and community-related stories including one about the first black doctor in Arizona and the Booker T. Washington Memorial Hospital.
“The Phoenix Tribune was significant not only because it was the first African American newspaper published in Arizona, but because it chronicled the lives of black people in Phoenix, and around the state, from 1918 through 1931,” Sativa Peterson, NDNP grant project director and news content program manager for the State of Arizona Research Library, said. “These digitized newspaper pages allow us the opportunity to use journalism as a lens for reflecting on the human experience at that time.”
This is just one of the 40 newspaper titles that were digitized and added to the Arizona Memory Project as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program through a grant from the Library of Congress. This digital collection includes issues from 1918 through 1931, the years of the entire run of the newspaper. It will be available indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/phxtribune.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].
The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.