Robert Smith Jervay
Robert Smith Jervay (1873-1941) was born in Summerville, S.C. He moved his family to Wilmington in 1911 for the better educational opportunities, and started a printing business called Jervay Printing. In 1927 his son Henry persuaded his father to start a weekly newspaper called "The Cape Fear Journal". All the work involved in putting out the paper was done by hand the first two years, by family members (including his wife). It continued to expand its circulation, and was considered one of the best African American papers in the south. After the death of Robert Jervay, his son Thomas C. Jervay took over the paper, which is still in existence today as the "Wilmington Journal".
African American Newspapers
Reaves, Bill. Strength Through Struggle. Wilmington: New Hanover County Public Library, 1998.
Donated to the New Hanover County Public Library by Bill Reaves in 1999
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