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    The Jubilee Singers. (1875). Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Wymon Brady

In scrolling through several of the 1907 issues, I noticed this ad printed more than once. Mr. Wymon Brady – a representative for the Nashville globe.

Colored Skating Rink

Nashville Globe: July 19, 1907

Colored Skating Rink — s open to the public with plenty of up-to-date ball bearing skates. Cor. Eighth and Jo Johnston Avenues. Special free instructions will be given to ladies each Monday and Thursday afternoons. Good order will be observed during skating hours. Ice cream and cold drinks for sale. — Robert L. Miller, Gen. Mgr.

About the Nashville Globe

“Founded in 1906, the Nashville Globe promoted self-reliance and racial solidarity as the best means for Nashville’s African American community to succeed and prosper within the confines of the Jim Crow South. After an editorial run that lasted more than five decades, the biweekly black newspaper ceased publication in 1960. The paper survived due to its strong editorials, its extensive reporting of local news and social happenings, and its state and national bulletins. Contemporaries estimated that the Globe’s readership neared twenty thousand, about one-fifth Nashville’s total population, during its first decade. From 1910 to 1930 it had the largest circulation of any black newspaper in Tennessee. The financial backing of one of Nashville’s wealthiest black families also contributed to the stability of the Globe. Richard H. Boyd, secretary of the National Baptist Publishing Board, originally financed the newspaper, and his son, Henry A. Boyd, controlled the editorial content. The Boyds had extensive contacts within Nashville’s black middle class, which made it easier to gain advertisers and readers.”

Would you like to know more — read the entry on it at the Tennessee Encyclopedia.

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