James Campbell, writer and educator

James E. Campbell
Sat, 1867-07-27

James Edwin Campbell’s birth in 1867 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American poet, editor, short story writer, and educator.

Born and raised in Pomeroy, Ohio, he was a forerunner and friend of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Two of Campbell’s writings were "Driftings and Gleanings," 1887, and "Echoes from the Cabin and Elsewhere," 1895. Campbell was also president of West Virginia Colored Institute (now West Virginia State College).

James Campbell died in his hometown in 1896.

The Book of American Negro Poetry:
chosen and edited, with an essay on the Negro’s creative genius,
by James Weldon Johnson.
Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922

To be a Writer

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Campbell, James