Benjamin Thomas began publishing Night Whirl in 1938, a weekly newspaper covering music and entertainment for the black population of St. Louis. Within a year Thomas changed the name to Evening Whirl and began covering crime in St. Louis. He reported on many crimes that other local newspapers did not cover. Thomas wrote, edited, and published the paper himself until he retired in 1995. At that time, his two sons took over the publication. The newspaper continues today as the St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl and continues to cover crime as well as St. Louis area news and entertainment.
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Acquisition Note: Source: This material is transferred to the University Archives on an on-going basis.
Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.
Finding Aid Revisions: Updated by Miranda Rectenwald in July 2016.
Scope and Contents: This collection includes issues of the Evening Whirl Newspaper, ranging from 1955 through the present. Issues are arranged chronologically, with a selection having been removed and scanned due to fragility.