Portrait of Alex Manly.
Alex Manly (1866-1944) was born in Wake County, North Carolina to parents who were freed slaves of Governor Charles Manly. It is believed that Alex Manly is the son of Governor Manly. He attended the Hampton Institute where he studied the painting trade, which ultimately helped him find work when he moved to Wilmington, NC in the late 1880s. In Wilmington, Manly and his brother started operating the Wilmington Record, the only black daily newspaper in the south. The paper later changed its name to the Daily Record and it was largely supported by advertisements from white businesses. During 1898, Manly ran an editorial in response to a speech given by Rebecca Felton in Tybee, Georgia citing the hypocrisy of her own words. The article eventually spread state wide outraging white supremacists. Manly's life and business were repeatedly threatened, and he ultimately was forced to flee the city before the race riots of 1898. He settled in Washington D.C. and later Philadelphia where he helped to organize the Armstrong Association of Philadelphia. Manly was married to Caroline Sadgwar.
Armstrong Association of Philadelphia; African American newspaper editors; Wilmington Race Riot, Wilmington, N.C., 1898
Cape Fearians Verticle Files, "Manly Family"
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Donated to the New Hanover County Public Library by Ida Milo Manly
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