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John Mitchell, Jr., “Fighting Editor”

 
 
John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 15, 2012
1. John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 73.)
 
Location. 37° 32.702′ N, 77° 26.288′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North 3rd Street and East Marshall Street, on the right when traveling north on North 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 N 3rd St, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giles Beecher Jackson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Ward (about 600 feet
John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 15, 2012
2. John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker (facing north)
away); First Trolley Car System in Richmond (about 700 feet away); Maggie Walker (about 700 feet away); Miller’s and Eggleston Hotels (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alfred D. “A.D.” Price (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quality Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Mitchell, Jr., and the Richmond Planet - "Born in the Wake of Freedom". Library of Virginia (Submitted on July 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. John Mitchell, Jr. Find A Grave (Submitted on July 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsCommunications
 
John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 15, 2012
3. John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" Marker (facing south)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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