Daniel A. Rudd, born a slave in Bardstown, Kentucky, grew up to achieve much in the years following the Civil War. His Catholic
faith, passion for activism, and talent for writing led him to increasingly influential positions in many places. One of his
important early accomplishments was the publication of the American Catholic Tribune, which Rudd referred to as the only Catholic
journal owned and published by colored men. At its zenith, the Tribune, run out of Detroit and Cincinnati, where Rudd lived,
had ten thousand subscribers, making it one of the most successful black newspapers in the country.