Born Into Slavery, Daniel Rudd Went On to Found Black Catholic Newspaper

February 21, 2024 | The Tablet

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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — In the 1858 tax records of a Kentucky plantation, there is perhaps the earliest mention of the person who would, as a newspaper editor, champion the equal treatment for all races via Catholicism.

Daniel Rudd was listed as a 4-year-old boy among a dozen enslaved people owned by Charles and Matilda Haydon of Bardstown, Kentucky. His value, according to the records, was $250.

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