Brown AME Newspaper Articles

The choir of Brown AME, 1920s. Ypsilanti Historical Society.

The choir of Brown AME, 1920s. Ypsilanti Historical Society.

This page contains original, scanned newspaper articles covering the period from 1865 until 1920 concerning Ypsilanti’s Brown Chapel AME Church. While many of these are simple announcements or seemingly mundane, taken together they paint a vivid picture of the life and activity of the church and the community it served.

Brown Chapel was among the most respected African American institutions and rarely subject to the public disrespect afforded too many blacks by the white press, however, the language and content of these stories, taken directly from period newspapers, is sometimes derisive and racist. Though the articles are presented without commentary, readers are asked to pay attention to how reporting in the local press changes as the years progress and the gains won in the Civil War era are overturned.

The newspapers were accessed through microfilm at various libraries and archives. The Ypsilanti Public Library, The Ypsilanti Historical Society, The Library of Michigan as well as Eastern Michigan University’s Halle Library all have Ypsilanti newspapers. They include:

Ypsilanti True Democrat, 1864-1865. Changed to Ypsilanti Commercial in 1865 and published, with some interruptions, until 1906.

Ypsilanti Sentinel published from the 1840s until it merged to form the above Commercial in 1865.

Ypsilanti Daily Press, published from 1905-1920.

The Ypsilantian, published from 1880-1912.

Ypsilanti Recorder, published from 1916-1920.

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