Russwurm, John Brown

Russwurm, John Brown

(1799–1851) journalist, public official; born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1827, with John Cornish, he published the first U.S. black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, dedicated to promoting black freedom and citizenship. Around 1828 he emigrated to Liberia, where he held public office and edited a newspaper.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.