From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Berry, Robert T. "R. T." and George W. Berry

R. T. Berry (1874-1967) was editor and publisher of the Kentucky Reporter, a weekly pro-Republican newspaper first published in Owensboro, KY, then in Louisville, KY, from 1899 to 1953 [source: Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers, by B. K. Henritze, p. 58]. He co-founded the newspaper with his brother George W. Berry (1873-1939).

The U.S. Census notes that the two had been tailors in 1900 in Owensboro and in 1910 operated a newspaper there. They were the sons of George and Molly Berry, and the family lived in Glasgow, KY in 1900.

George was born in Allensville, KY, according to his death certificate. Both R. T. and George Berry's World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, give the following information: the newspaper was then located at 445 7th Street in Louisville and managed by R. T.; George was employed as a U.S. storekeeper and gauger, and his wife was Florence H. Berry; George, his wife, and R.T. all lived at 1711 W. Chestnut Street; and their mother Mollie Berry was still living in Glasgow.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37 and the Kentucky Reporter at the UK National Digital Newspaper Program website.

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