On May 8, 1903, the Sedalia Weekly Conservator commenced publication, hoping to supply “useful information on the current issues of the day—social, moral, religious and racial.” Promising a policy “for a higher standard of [C]hristian culture in the home” and a “more progressive and persistent effort in the business world,” the paper promoted education, the advancement of the African American community, and the celebration of black artists, including various announcements and updates about Scott Joplin’s rising popularity in its pages.
In the May 13, 1905 issue, the paper announced the “Second Anniversary Celebration of the Establishment of the Sedalia Weekly Conservator at Liberty Park Hall: Wednesday night, May 17, 1905.” Everyone was instructed to “come arrayed in their best, in order that the occasion may, indeed, be ‘swell.’ ”
Although it published for less than a decade, the paper continues to be celebrated today.
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