: A crowd listens as a woman plays acoustic guitar at a political rally. A large banner hangs behind the stage reading "End Jackson Kent Coverups," referring to the shooting of students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University and by police at Mississippi's Jackson State College. Both tragedies occurred in response to student antiwar protests in May of 1970. This photograph is included in a collection of images published in the Columbus Free Press newspaper.
The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.”
In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1301AV_B04F01_01 Subjects
: Demonstrations; Protests and protestors; Musical performances; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)