THOMAS MORRIS CHESTER
Was the first and only African American correspondent for a major daily newspaper during the Civil War. Working for the Philadelphia Press, he covered the activities of African American troops around Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. Prior to the war, Chester was editor of the publication Star of Liberia. In recent years, he practiced law In England. His Successes helped open the field of mass communications – including radio and TV- broadcasting, computer networking –in media and public speaking – to future generations of African Americans, who now participate in these careers in record numbers.