Arkansas Freedmen of the Frontier - Ft. Smith’s Black History Site~
Judge Parker’s Black Deputy Marshals
Slave Owners 
Ft. Smith, 1860
Arkansas Black Civil War History
Deaths & Burials
Ft. Smith’s Musical Treasure
Alphonso Trent
Afr. Am Deaths and Burials
Ark Black History Links
Ft. Smith History Links
Black Newspapers
of Ft. Smith & Van Buren, Arkansas

Appreciator 1898 -1922

Appreciator Union 1912-1922

Arkansas Appreciator 1898-1946

Arkansas Baptist Flashlight 1934-1946

Banner 1896-1897

Fraternal Union 1907-1914

Golden Epoch 1888-1890

Informer 1912

Lincoln Echo 1995 - Present

Our Eastern Star 1899-1908

People's Protector 1889-1892

People's Protector (Van Buren) 1888-1888

Pythian Herald 1904-1908

Only 20 years after securing freedom, the black community of the western frontier city of Ft. Smith, began to speak for itself through a number of publications that emerged from its citizens.

The first newspaper emerged in 1888, with the
Golden Epoch. Until the 1940's there was always a black publication of some kind, that became part of the voice of the community. Silence would fall upon the community until the mid 1990s, when the Lincoln Echo emerged again, thanks to founders Sheri Tolliver and Barbara Webster.

The Echo joins an impressive list of publications that were produced in Ft. Smith. Most of these publications have been lost, and few, if any issues remain. Hopefully, as local citizens become more interested in local history, old trunks will be opened, and attics explored, and some of these precious gems from the past will surface and be preserved as part of the local history. This list above is produced here as a legacy to Ft. Smith's black publications.

Hopefully other works will emerge to reflect the colorful history of this vibrant frontier town.