Through mutual aid and support, Athens’ Black community survived and thrived

Poor Committee Report

These two pages from The Athens Republique—a newspaper “Devoted to theReligious, the Economic,and The Industrial Development of the Colored Race”—reported on the donations for the “Committee for the Poor.” Beyond individual donations, there were “charity boxes” at some businesses. In this issue, one box was stolen. Money was distributed “in the form of provisionsand coal.” Beginning in 1919,The Republique circulated weekly on Saturdays and covered stories on the affairs of the African-American community in Athens. The paper also regularly featured national reports of efforts to fight the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings across the country. By 1927, it was no longer in business.