Ada & Chester Franklin

Description: File containing photos and a biographical articles about Ada Crogman Franklin, or Ada Franklin (ca. 1886-1983) and her husband Chester Arthur Franklin, or Chester Franklin (1880-1955), founding owners and publishers of "'The Call, the weekly African-American newspaper published in Kansas City for 81 years." Description of their operation of the influential African American newspaper founded in 1918 at 1715 East 18th Street and their journalism careers involved with fighting racism, with residences on the 2400 block of Montgall Avenue in the 1920s and later above the Call offices.
Date: May/21/2000
Location: Vertical File: Franklin Ada C. and Chester A.
Item Type: Vertical File
Note: Overview of the Black Community photocopy pages 14-15: "The publication of a black newspaper finally proved successful as well. The first black paper had been started in 1880 by H. H. Johnson and was called 'The Free Press.' Johnson fell into financial difficulties following publication of the first issue, however, and the business was taken over by J. Dallas Bowser, who changed the name of the paper to 'The Gate City Press' and continued to publish it until about 1895. A paper called 'The Observer' took its place, running from 1896 until 1901. Following 'The Observer's demise, there was no black newspaper until 1914 when Lewis Woods established 'The Kansas City Sun' which continued until 1926. In 1919 Chester Arthur Franklin began publication of 'The Kansas City Call,' which exists today."


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