The New Orleans Tribune

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The New Orleans Tribune
PublisherBeverly Stanton Mckenna
EditorAnitra Brown
Headquarters2317 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
 United States

The New Orleans Tribune is a newspaper serving the African-American community of New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the name of a bilingual publication that served the area in the 1860s. The current publication was founded in 1985.[1] The Tribune is published by McKenna Publishing Co., which also publishes The Blackbook, a community directory of African-American businesses, and Welcome, a guide for Black tourists to New Orleans.

The original and only other version of The New Orleans Tribune became America's first Black daily newspaper.[2] That enterprise was founded in 1864 by physician and publisher Louis Charles Roudanez; it was created after the demise of his former paper L'Union.[3][4] Francophone astronomer, author, and abolitionist from Europe Jean-Charles Houzeau worked with Roudanez at L'Union and then The New Orleans Tribune. He wrote an account of his experiences at the paper along with the volcanic politics of the day.[5] After intraparty feuding over political candidates for the 1868 gubernatorial election, including disputes between local "mulattoes" such as Roudanez against "carpetbaggers" and freedmen within the Republican Party, the paper lost outside support and closed in 1870.


  1. ^ Roudané, Mark Charles (July 20, 2014). "Just Released: The New Orleans Tribune, An Introduction to America's First Black Daily Newspaper" (announcement). H-Net – Humanities & Social Sciences Online. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08.
  2. ^ Cowan, Thomas; Maguire, Jack (1994). Timelines of African American History: 500 Years of Black Achievement. New York: Berkley Pub. Group. p. 89. ISBN 9780399521270.
  3. ^ "Louis C. Roudanez, doctor and businessman". African American Registry. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "New Orleans Tribune", Congressional Record, Washington DC, July 23, 2014
  5. ^ Houzeau, Jean-Charles (2001). My Passage at the New Orleans Tribune: A Memoir of the Civil War Era. LSU Press. ISBN 9780807167236.

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