Thomas T. Fortune House: Journalist Born a Slave Essay

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“Can you imagine being born a slave in Florida and living in a beautiful Second Empire mansion in New Jersey?” Primavera asked. “It’s a remarkable American history story. I think what’s left of the house could be easily restored to a sufficient level so the story could be told in an incredibly effective way” (Shockley). Thomas T. Fortune was an important journalist in the history of America who was born into slavery in the state of Florida. He was an educated man and one of the most influential African-American journalists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thomas T. Fortune played an important role in the civil rights movement in America and he deserves to be memorialized in an attempt to remind future generations of the leaders…show more content…
Thomas was able to attend Law School as just “one of five students in Howard's law department for the 1877-1878 term” (Carle 1490). Fortune unfortunately did not finish college and did not receive a degree because of financial hardships. Even though he did not finish law school he still gained a lot of knowledge during the time he was there, “Fortune gained an understanding of fundamentals, especially in American constitutional law, which was reflected in his writings in later years” (Carle 1493). Thomas T. Fortune held several unsuccessful jobs before he landed his mark as the managing editor of the newspaper New York Globe in 1883, “thus launching himself at the age of twenty-five into a career as a national public intellectual” (Carle 1494). Thomas T. Fortune’s paper was successful until about the year 1907. “In 1901 Fortune moved his family to Red Bank, which had a well-established, segregated black community on the Westside, where Fortune bought a twelve room, Second Empire style home a short walk from the train station” (Zipprich). While living in New Jersey he commuted to New York for work once a week and the rest of the week he worked from home. During the time his newspaper was active it changed names a couple of times, from New York Globe, New York Freeman, and finally New York Age. Fortune’s purpose of his paper stayed continuous which was to “present
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