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Paul Block tried to change attitudes on race in the South

Editor’s Note: Exactly a century ago, Paul Block bought his first -- and only – newspaper in the South, the Memphis News-Scimitar, in what seemed to be one of the South’s fastest-growing and most progressive regions. As in other cities, he made the paper better and more successful. But when he sought to properly celebrate a heroic Black man who saved many lives, he ran into trouble fueled by resentment and race hatred.
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