coverage. It also printed international news,
with a focus on news affecting blacks in the
US, the Caribbean and Africa.
According to Place, The Recorder bested the
competition by being the first to print Christmas greetings and the first to run a sports
page. He also told a reporter the Recorder’s
biggest scoop was reporting the US entry into
the Second World War. He heard news of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor on a radio and published a special edition on the same day.
A.B. Place was also a musician and a golfer
and served as president of Ocean View Golf
Club. Getting advertising support from white-owned businesses in segregated Bermuda was
his biggest challenge, but he was successful at
keeping the paper going until his retirement
The Royal Gazette praised him on his retire-
ment, noting his courage in starting the paper.
“Since then, his ability and tenacity have
maintained the newspaper through thick and
thin, until it has become a Bermuda institu-
Place sold the newspaper in 1974, and it
was subsequently purchased by Sir John Swan.
The newspaper didn’t survive. The last edition
was published on July 12, 1975.
A.B. Place died on November 11, 1986,
at age 93. Ira Philip said Place’s contribution
was “tremendous.” And in his book Freedom
Fighters: From Monk to Mazumbo, Philip
wrote: “The Recorder developed a personality
and a soul which gave dignity and opportunity
to the black people of Bermuda that was not
forthcoming from other sources. It celebrated
their achievements, mourned their losses,
defended their rights and articulated their
In 2008, Premier Ewart Brown honoured
A.B. Place with the opening of the A.B. Place
Media Room in the Department of Com-
munication and Information as a venue for
government press conferences.
Past issues of the Gazette, the Mid-Ocean
News and the Bermuda Recorder are available on microfilm at the Bermuda National
Library, although the most complete set are
Issues of The Bermuda Recorder (from
1933–July 1975) and The Royal Gazette
(1784–1922) can be accessed digitally
through the Bermuda National Library
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