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)