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Issue Number 3, August 19, 1933

The Reflector was a weekly newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ran from 1933 to at least 1935.[1] Edited by T. J. Sellers, it called itself "Charlottesville's Only Negro Weekly."[2] It included articles on local and national news, social columns, and editorials and articles on topics of particular interest to Black readers such as racial identity, lynching, and famous African Americans.[2]

The publication captured aspects of life under Jim Crow laws in this small city, including a regular feature on events at segregated Jefferson High School.[1]

In 2003, a new Charlottesville newspaper began publication as The African American Reflector, in honor of the original newspaper's editor.[3]

In a 1934 issue, the editors noted that along with its Black readership, 200 white Charlottesville residents also were "regular subscribers" to the paper.[4]

Newspaper collections

The only known surviving copies of The Reflector and The Charlottesville Tribune are housed at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, where the first issue of The Dawn may also be found.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Race & Place: Newspapers
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. The Reflector: An African American Newspaper...
  3. Web. Signs of the Times - "The Reflector" Dusts Off a 70-year Mission
  4. Web. [ Facts to Remember About Charlottesville], The Reflector, Charlottesville, VA
  5. Web. T. J. Sellers, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, retrieved January 26, 2023.

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