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The Palladium of Liberty

Racial Identification:African-American
Politics: Abolitionist
Editor: David Jenkins
Published: Weekly; Columbus, Ohio; December 1843 - November 13, 1844
Call #: Roll 17259; 1843 - 1844

The Palladium of Liberty was an early, short-lived, civil rights paper "devoted to the interests of the colored people generally". Editor David Jenkins established the paper in 1843 with a group of free blacks in the Columbus area. The paper had a strong antislavery stance and lent editorial support to the education of African-American children, temperance, moral reform, and the elective franchise. It was distributed throughout Ohio and eastern states but ceased publication by winter of 1844.

Editor David Jenkins was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1811. At various times in his life he was a farmer, barber, paper hanger and painter, as well as anenergetic operator in the local underground railroad. Jenkins was a recuiter for the 127th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and was then appointed to the Freedmen's Bureau in Mississippi.

Jenkins came to Columbus in 1837 where he became a leading participant in local civil rights activities and attended sessions of the Legislature so regularly that he became known as "The member at large." Jenkins left Columbus, Ohio in 1873, then settled in Canton, Mississippi.

David Jenkins  ( 1811 - September 05, 1877)

Microfilm roll #B1437 available for purchase.


1843 - 1844, selected issues

Images of selected articles and illustrations from the following issues:

Volume 01
December 27, 1843 - November 13, 1844


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