John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor"

John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" (HM130D)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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N 37° 32.702', W 77° 26.288'

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Born enslaved near Richmond in 1863, John Mitchell, Jr. came of age in the tumultuous post-Civil War era. In 1883, he launched a daring journalism career, becoming editor and publisher of the black-owned Richmond Planet once located near here. Known as the "Fighting Editor," Mitchell crusaded against lynching, served on the Richmond City Council (1888-1896) and founded the Mechanics Savings Bank in 1902. In 1904, he led a boycott of Richmond's segregated streetcars. In 1921, he ran for governor to protest black disfranchisement. Mitchell served as Planet editor until his death in 1929. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
HM NumberHM130D
Marker NumberSA 73
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284605 N 4158131
Decimal Degrees37.54503333, -77.43813333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.702', W 77° 26.288'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 42.12" N, 77° 26' 17.28" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 N 3rd St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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