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|Founder(s)||John H. Murphy, Sr.|
|President||Benjamin M. Phillips|
|Editor||Micha Green, Washington D.C. Editor|
|Founded||August 13, 1892|
|Headquarters||1531 S. Edgewood St. Suite B, Baltimore, MD 21227 U.S.|
|Circulation||25,000 (as of 2019)|
|Free online archives||Google News Archive|
The newspaper was founded in 1892 by Civil War veteran, Sgt. John H. Murphy, Sr. Murphy merged his church publication, The Sunday School Helper, with two other church publications, The Ledger and The Afro-American, and the publication rose to prominence under the control of his tenth-born child, Carl J. G. Murphy, who served as its editor for 45 years. There have been as many as 13 editions of the newspaper in major cities across the country; today, there are just two: one in Baltimore, the other in Washington, D.C.
Because of its varied titles over the years, The Washington Afro-American has received numerous different call numbers from the Library of Congress and OCLC:
- The Afro-American (1936–1937):
- Washington Afro American (1937–1964):
- Washington Afro-American (1930s–1964):
- Washington Afro-American and The Washington Tribune (1964–1984):
- The Afro-American (1988):
- Washington Afro-American and Washington Tribune (1984–2015):
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