February 28, 2011
Stewart's major contribution to the world of 19th-century journalism came in 1884. That year, he organized a national news bureau especially for African American journalists. Their mission, in part, was "to promote in every legitimate way the best interests of our race through the medium of the press." His writings were published throughout the country, as far-flung as Arkansas, Maryland, Ohio, and Virginia. In Indianapolis, he became editor of the Indianapolis World.
His prolific journalism resulted in his invitation to the dedication exercises of the Washington Monument in 1885. He was the only black journalist represented; one account says he met President Chester A. Arthur.