John Thomas

John Thomas was an abolitionist and a newspaper editor. In 1852, Thomas was serving as the assistant editor for Frederick Douglass’ self-titled newspaper in Rochester.

“That summer and fall, Douglass all but surrendered the editorship of his paper and allowed Julia Griffiths and his assistant, John Thomas, to take the reins.”[1]

John Thomas died on March 5, 1866 at the age of 74. He was buried in Hope Cemetery in Galesburg, Illinois.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 40.946981, -90.376483

[1] David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 268.

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