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Metropolis weekly gazette. : (Metropolis, Ill.) 1???-19??
Alternative Titles:
  • Metropolis gazette
Place of publication:
Metropolis, Ill.
Geographic coverage:
  • Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Gazette Print. Co.
Dates of publication:
  • English
  • African American newspapers--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799278
  • African American newspapers--Illinois--Metropolis.
  • African Americans--Illinois--Metropolis--Newspapers.
  • African Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799558
  • Illinois--Metropolis.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01219163
  • Metropolis (Ill.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 14, no. 21 (July 21, 1911).
  • Latest issue consulted: Dec. 22, 1922.
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Metropolis Weekly Gazette

The Metropolis Weekly Gazette was published every Friday from approximately 1889 to 1938 in Metropolis, Illinois, a city located along the Ohio River in the southern part of the state. The editor and founder of the paper was Joseph B. McCrary. Miranda J. McCrary, his wife, worked as the paper's manager. McCrary, born in Tennessee in 1858, was the son of George B. McCrary, Sr., and Harriet McCrary. Joseph served as Reverend of First Missionary Baptist Church and as an officer with Mount Olive Baptist Association of Southern Illinois. In addition to their newspaper business, the McCrary family owned a confectionary store and sold and delivered ice and coal.

The Weekly Gazette focused mostly on local and statewide news, but also included national and international news. The paper covered a variety of topics, including church activities, deaths, illnesses, crime, travel, politics, and popular science. Women's interest articles and a humor section regularly appeared. Frequent advertisements in the paper for tourist destinations reachable by rail reflect the city of Metropolis's role as a transportation hub between the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers and the convergence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Ads promoted "Winter Sojourns" to destinations like New Orleans, Florida, California, Panama, and Cuba.

The paper included regular coverage of the activities of prominent African-American figure Booker T. Washington. In issues from 1913 to January 1917, the paper included a section entitled, "Afro-American Cullings." Contributors to the section advocated for and reported on the social advancement of African Americans, and discussed a variety of topics, such as the growth of Chicago's Black business community, public health, and community housing and sanitation. The section also provided news of educational opportunities available to African Americans and promoted the pursuit of industrial education at establishments like the Hampton Institute in Virginia. Articles highlighted the activities of African American soldiers fighting in World War I and, in 1919, included coverage of events occurring during the Red Summer, a period of increased violence against African Americans in Chicago and in cities across the United States.

While the Weekly Gazette published some issues of eight pages, the paper largely followed the formatting of most early Black newspapers, consisting of four pages of six columns with headlines only spanning single columns. However, formatting changes begin to appear with the March 15, 1918 issue, in which front-page headlines span multiple columns.

In the February 17, 2016 issue of the Metropolis Planet, Preston L. McCrary, the great-grandson of Joseph McCrary, explains the newspaper's motto, "Hew to the Line. Let the Chips Fall Where They May." He provides the following analogy given to him by his father: "If you want to chop down a tree with an axe, you must first determine where you want to cut it. Once you determine where you're going to cut it — the line — you must chop on that pre-determined line....The chips of wood fall wherever they fall."

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