A primary source is a document or object that was written or created by someone who was a participant or witness to the event. Examples of primary sources include diaries, letters, speeches, autobiographies, news footage of an event as it happened, or artifacts (such as pottery, or a quilt). Ask yourself, "Did the writer or creator witness or experience the event?"
Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm
The first black newspaper in America was Freedom's Journal, a weekly published by Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm on March, 16 1827.
Photograph: The Atlanta Daily World building in 1979. Photograph by James R. Lockhart; courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.