Black History Month – The People’s Journal

CDN Editor: Thanks to Mary Morris and the Clarke County Historical Association for providing these Clarke County Black History Month gems!

The People’s Journal

Berryville African-American Newspaper

Published monthly by G.L.D. Harris

Subscription: 50 cents per year

Issue August 1927 – Vol 41, #366

Mr. Jerome Jackson Dies Suddenly

Jerome Jackson, aged 59, dies while working in Mr. Fred Jones wheatfield on the Jack Ware farm near the river. Born and raised in Clarke County, was a farmer and veterinarian who owned a place near the river.   Leaves widow, Mrs. Grace Jackson, his third wife; 5 daughters and 4 sons, one of whom is blind.   Buried from St. Luke Free Baptist Church and buried in Milton Valley Cemetery

Stork News

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Phillips had a baby girl

A Sad Accident

Mrs. Catherine Willis’s husband was killed at Franklin, WV.   Daughter of Andrew & Bertha Willis.

Mrs. Herbert Coxen & Rodger Johnson are patients at Winchester Hospital

Mrs. Carrie Blackburn is visiting friends in Washington, DC

Mrs. Lizzie Nelson of Bundy St. entertained her daughter & friends in Washinton, DC.

Mrs. Ella Phillips Steauart & husband, Daingerfield, visited relatives here from Toledo, OH.      [NOTE by mtm: Mrs. Steauart was the first first black to graduate from the Pittsburg School of Pharmacy.   She also was the first black pharmacist to pass the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Board. Mrs. Stewart was born in Berryville]

$500 Rally at Mt. Zion Baptist was a success. $464.92 was raised

Charles Hall & Mrs. Laura Hill are visiting Coushocken, PA

CONTRACTOR & BUILDER Otho Dolman of Summit Point advertises his carpentry.

BOARD & LODGING with Mrs. Lucy Franklin of Berryville

RESTAURANT run by Mrs. Mabel Tolbert in Berryville, will serve meals at all hours.

CLARKE CO. FALL MEET – in R.P. Page’s woods under the auspices of the Clarke Co. School League.   Contests, field sports & baseball contests as well as a picnic.   Admission: 25 & 15 cents.

Allen Williams of Millwood will haul wood and furnish auto supplies.

GRAND WILDERNESS RALLY will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Millwood on Sunday, Aug 7, 1927.   A drive will be made to come out of the wilderness.   Preaching at 11 am, 3pm & 8 pm.

POEM (partial) – The Optimist

Don’t fret o’er the briars at the side of the trail;

Just smile when calamities fall.

Hard luck loves the sound of the pessimist wail,

But has no use for laughter at all.

Out of the Attic:

Josephine Street Improvement members getting preparing for a bake sale at the 1992 Berryville Days (L-R) Florence Paige, Marcellus Harper, Mazie Harper, Rosetta Clay, Annie Brown, Frances Liggins, Bettie Edwards - Photo courtesy Clarke County Historical Association


  1. i really enjoyed reading this peace of black history, thanks clarke daily.

  2. Now this is history.

    It’s a shame that black history is only highlighted one month out of the year. History itself should always be taught, no matter who’s it is.

  3. maybe u should contact your local goverment official an let them know.

  4. Agreed! And your county historical association has many gems to share, along with the Josephine School Museum. Come see CCHA’s museum at 32 E. Main Street to learn more about our history, and share your own. We will try to offer more contributions like this to CDN and we appreciate their – and YOUR – interest! Look us up on the internet at if you get a chance. Much of our archive is searchable and available at the click of a finger.

  5. Dorothy P. Davis says:

    Thanks for this article.
    There is SO much more available information for those interested in local African American history. Josephine School Community Museum strives to act as a store house for such local history. By the way, we have 17 additional copies of “The People’s Journal” published by Mr. George L. D. Harris.( a local teacher and newspaper publisher). You are welcome to publish copies of these at any time during the year.

  6. Anyone who has either African-American items, or any other items they would like to share,CCHA has a project where we are loaned items, we scan & catalog the items, and give the original photos, family papers, etc. back to the loaner with a CD of the scanned items so they can share them with family. In some future time, all African-American items will be shared with the Josephine School Museum’s archives. The more we have, the more we can help. :>)

  7. just interested says:

    very cool!! I loved the picture. So many of them gone but not forgotten. Thanks for the history.

  8. Wonderful article and priceless picture. I remember so many of those fine ladies – and gentleman! I wish I had been in that kitchen with them…sampling the goodies!