: Photograph showing Ben Espy during his campaign in the Columbus Democratic mayoral primary, credited to photographer J. Weidner for publication in the Columbus Free Press newspaper. A typed caption on the back, meant to accompany an article titled "Why Workers Want Espy," reads, "Ben Espy addresses the needs of workers and 120 out of Columbus' more than 130 unions have responded/ (R to L seated) Robert Brindza, Ohio Council 8 President, Retired, William Endsley Ohio Council 8 President and W.D. Gibbs, Columbus Regional Director." Espy had previously served as a member of Columbus City Council between 1982 and 1992, and in the Ohio Senate beginning in 1992.
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_B03F07_03 Subjects
: Legislators--Ohio; African American Ohioans; Democratic Party; Political campaigns; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)