one night a Morning Star employee literally stopped the presses when he noticed a black Marine in an Associated Press photo along with three other Marine recruits. It was the newspaper's policy at the time, the Jim Crow era, not to run any photos of blacks.
To correct this error and follow the policy, a pressman either took “hammer and chisel” to the plate, if you go with the Time version of the story, or used a “high-speed drill” to route out Ervin's likeness, if you go with Anderson's description.
“My father (Rinaldo Page) was in charge of the paper at that time. He had a policy against . . . Negroes in the paper, which I did not agree with. But I was not in charge then,” Page said during a telephone interview from his home in Miami. “Dad made the rule when he took the paper over in 1927.”
Page bought the paper from his father's estate in 1955, he said, but apparently the memo about the change in policy had not gone out yet.