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The Historical Value of The ‘Ebony,’ ‘Jet’ Photos Sold For $30 Million

More than a million photos from Jet and Ebony magazines sold for $30 million on Wednesday, to a consortium of foundations that plan on donating the archive for public use.

Chicago-based Johnson Publishing, which owns Jet and Ebony, put the massive archive up for sale after the company filed for bankruptcy in April.

Morning Shift sits down with a former Johnson Publishing employee of 19 years to discuss the historical value of the photo archive and the legacy of the magazine empire.

GUEST: Margena A. Christian, author and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago

LEARN MORE: 'Ebony,' 'Jet' Photos Sold To J. Paul Getty Trust For $30 Million (WBEZ 7/25/19)

Photo Archive Of 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Is Up For Auction (NPR 7/24/19)

Former Johnson staffer’s tell-all: ‘The House That John H. Johnson Built’ (Chicago Sun-Times 4/15/19)

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