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Historic Rochester African American newspaper available online

The Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Museum & Science Center have collaborated to digitize issues of the African American newspaper, the Frederick Douglass Voice, and make the images free to the public.

The Voice is the longest running Black-owned newspaper in Rochester.  The Rochester Museum & Science Center  received a donation of 350 original copies of The Voice published between 1933 to 1996. In 2021, all issues of The Voice held by the RMSC were digitized with support from the Rochester Regional Library Council.

A representative sample of the newspaper is available by going to:

The remainder of the newspapers will be digitally accessible in 2022 on New York State Historic Newspapers website and the RMSC Collections website.

Check out our links to digitized newspapers and to obituary indexes at:

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