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Breaking News: Ledger-Enquirer Photographs
By The Columbus Museum

Since the 1850s, American audiences have learned about news events through images in newspapers. Illustrated periodicals like Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s employed artists to sketch scenes of interest, which draftsmen turned into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. The introduction of lighter, faster cameras in the 1920s made photographs a staple of news coverage, influencing every aspect of news production and consumption. Photojournalism transcends barriers, purporting to document events as they really happened. However, journalists’ choices about who and what to feature – whether looking through the lens or laying out the front page – can influence public perception and understanding for decades.

The Columbus Museum owns more than 250 photographs from the archives of the Ledger-Enquirer, the city’s longest-running newspaper. These images, spanning from the 1940s to the 1990s, represent a fraction of the Ledger-Enquirer’s output but illuminate dozens of notable events and people in our community. The presence of the military, Black Americans’ struggle for civil rights, and the advent of new technology are among the moments captured. This exhibition highlights these and other stories told through the faces and places of the Chattahoochee Valley, as captured by Ledger-Enquirer photographers.

Exhibition Location:

The Do Good Fund Gallery

111 W 12th St. #103, Columbus, GA


Wednesday to Friday - 1 to 5 P.M.

Saturday - 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Free and open to the public!

Passport Program:

The Columbus Museum is on tour throughout the Chattahoochee Valley! As the Museum is under construction, visit tour stops and fill your passport with unique stickers along the way. At the end of the tour, participants can bring their completed passports for prizes, a discount in our Museum shop, and a special sneak peek of the reimagined Columbus Museum! Pick up your passport at the Museum - 1327 Wynnton Rd., Columbus, GA. For exhibition stickers, see the gallery attendant onsite.