Richmond Planet on Saturday May 31, 1902
|Publisher||Edwin A. Randolph|
John Mitchell Jr. (1884-1929)
Richmond Planet was an African-American newspaper in Richmond, Virginia. The paper was founded in 1882 by 13 former Richmond slaves. It was edited first by Edwin Archer Randolph and then by John Mitchell, Jr. from 1884 until his death in 1929. Mitchell was also president of the National Afro-American Press Association and the founder and president of Mechanics Savings Bank. By 1904 The Planet had reached a weekly circulation of 4,200. The paper continued publication until 1938, when it merged with the Richmond Afro-American. 
John Mitchell Jr. was the paper's junior editor in 1912. The same year the paper covered the opening of Lincoln Memorial Hall on the campus of Temperance, Industrial, and Collegiate Institute in Claremont, Virginia.