2020 : Detroit Plaindealer Receives Historical Marker

October 15, 2020 all-day
Dedication of the Detroit Plaindealer historical marker on the corner of Shelby and State streets on October 15, 2020. The Plaindealer was the first Black-owned newspaper to be published in Detroit founded in 1883.
The Plaindealer newspaper was founded in 1883 by brothers Benjamin and Robert Pelham Jr., Walter H. Stowers and W.H. Anderson with a mission to promote civil rights and provide coverage of local and national events. Detroit’s first “Afro-American” newspaper, as the founders called it, rejected the term “negro.” It also was one of the first papers of its kind in the country. The Plaindealer ceased publication in 1894 due to lack of funding, but its legacy will now remain downtown, mounted at the corner of the Westin Book Cadillac at Shelby and State Streets – its former office.
Source : Kyla L. Wright, “Detroit’s first Black newspaper receives overdue historical marker“, Detroit Free Press, October 16, 2020.