Richmond Planet
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Richmond Planet
Richmond Planet
Richmond Planet Sat May 31 1902.jpg
Richmond Planet on Saturday May 31, 1902
Founder(s)13 slaves
PublisherEdwin A. Randolph
John Mitchell Jr. (1884-1929)
CityRichmond, Virginia
CountryUnited States
OCLC number10412790
The Planet newspaper publishing house, Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Planet was an African-American newspaper in Richmond, Virginia.[1] The paper was founded in 1882 by 13 former Richmond slaves.[2] It was edited first by Edwin Archer Randolph and then by John Mitchell, Jr. from 1884 until his death in 1929.[3] 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.[2] The paper continued publication until 1938, when it merged with the Richmond Afro-American. [4]

The paper responded to the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The work of photographer James C. Farley was published in the Planet.[5] Farley served on the board of Mitchell Jr.'s Mechanics Savings Bank.

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.[6]


  1. ^ "About · Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909".
  2. ^ a b "Richmond planet. [volume]". Chronicling America « Library of Congress. 2008-08-04. ISSN 2151-4011. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "John Mitchell, Jr., and the Richmond Planet".
  4. ^ Library of Congress 2019.
  5. ^ "J. C. Farley Photos". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Drew 2010, p. 138-.

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