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Poston, Theodore R. A. M.

(born: 1906  -  died: 1974) 

Poston was known as Ted, but his full name was Theodore Roosevelt Augustus Major Poston. He was born in Hopkinsville, KY. The first African American reporter for The New York Post, he covered many of the race disputes in the South. He lost two teeth while covering the Scottsboro case. He wrote The Dark Side of Hopkinsville, which was published posthumously. Poston was a 1928 graduate of Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College [now Tennessee State University]. He was the brother of journalists Robert and Ulysses S. Poston, the son of Mollie Poston and Ephraim Poston, and the husband of Ersa Hines Poston. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; Ted Poston: Pioneer American Journalist, by K. A. Hauke; and Ted Poston at The Library of America website,


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Poston, Ulysses and Robert
NKAA Entry: Poston, Mollie Cox
NKAA Entry: Poston, Ersa Elizabeth Hines
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: New York post (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Dark side of Hopkinsville : stories
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: Ted Poston : pioneer American journalist

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Poston, Mollie Cox
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ulysses and Robert
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ersa Elizabeth Hines
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ephraim
NKAA Entry:  Fortune Tellers in Kentucky, Early 1900s

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