677 West Central Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Address: 677 Central Avenue W
Saint Paul, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Notes: Cecil Newman's Home. Founding location of St. Paul Recorder.

Saint Paul

677 West Central Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.9530555° N, 93.1287748° WLatitude: 44°57′11″N
Longitude: 93°7′43.589″W

The St Paul Recorder – a Black newspaper – was founded at this location in 1934 by Cecil Newman. The residence was the home of Cecil Newman himself. At the same time, Newman also established the Minneapolis Spokesman in Minneapolis. The St. Paul Recorder is significant as a form of media owned and operated by African Americans; it provided opportunities and news that would not otherwise have been available in white newspapers at the time. [1]



In 2000 the St Paul Recorder merged with the Minneapolis Spokesman and continues today as the Spokesman-Recorder. Matthew Little, a senior contributing writer to the Spokesman-Recorder has stated:

"The history of the Spokesman and Recorder newspapers is synonymous with the history of African Americans in the state of Minnesota…Not only have they documented and archived the Black presence and mobility in the state, but over the years they have played a central advocacy role in African American progress". [1]

Cecil Newman was born in Kansas in 1903. He later moved to Minneapolis with his young family and worked as a Pullman porter before starting his prolific career in the newspaper industry in the Twin Cities. Newman first founded the Twin Cities Herald in 1927 and then the Timely Digest in 1932. Newman remained owner and publisher of both the St. Paul Recorder and Minneapolis Spokesman until his death in 1976. The business remained in his family. As well as his newspaper businesses, Newman had a distinguished presence in the Black community as a civil rights advocate and spokesman. In 1948 he became the first Black president of the Minneapolis Urban League and received an honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree in 1965 from Allen University, South Carolina.

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