Photograph of Mary Alice Jervay.
Mary Alice McNeill Jervay (1874-1948) was the wife of Robert Smith Jervay, who started a Wilmington weekly newspaper for African American readers in 1927 called "The Cape Fear Journal." She was originally a teacher in Columbus County, NC. Family members, including Mrs. Jervay, first set the type by hand. She also was the proofreader. The paper soon began to grow its readership, being called "one of the most constructive Negro papers in the South." Several of her sons went on to newspaper careers.
African American Newspapers; African American women; African American--history
Reaves, Bill. "Strength Through Struggle." Wilmington: New Hanover County Public Library, 1998/
Donated to New Hanover County Public Library by Bill Reaves in 1999
Copyright is owned by the New Hanover County Public Library. For commercial or other use, permission must be granted.