Little Known Black History Fact: The Evening and the Morning Star

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  • The Evening and the Morning Star was the name given to an early publication of the Latter Day Saints religion in 1832. The first editions of the paper, which was founded in Independence, Missouri by William W. Phelps, ran for one year before moving to Kirtland, Ohio.

    On July 20, 1833, the printing press for the religious publication ran an article called “Free People of Color,” targeting the laws of the state that protected slavery and its unfair attitude toward African-Americans, and mixed-raced Americans. As a result, an angry mob burned down the printing press of the publication, along with unfinished copies of the Book of Commandments.

    That same year, the printing press resumed in Kirtland, Ohio with the help of Frederick Williams. It only ran until September of the following year. Shortly thereafter, it was reprinted as the Messenger and Advocate.

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