Jesse Duke (1854) was a religious and political leader in Alabama who established and edited the Baptist Montgomery Herald newspaper and served as a Selma University trustee. He wrote an anti-lynching article that called out white journalists for turning a blind to the children fathered by white men and African American women drawing a strong reaction that instigated Duke fleeing with his family to Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he started a new paper. He advocated for civil rights for African Americans. Local whites held a public meeting and condemned him as a vile and dangerous character after he published a statement about the growing appreciation a white "Juliet" could have for a "colored Romeo".
He corresponded with Booker T. Washington about relocating the Lincoln School (Marion, Alabama) in Marion to Montgomery.
He led the Alabama Colored Press Association during its establishment.
The Library of Congress has the Montgomery Herald 1886 to 1887 in its collection.
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