In a company statement Thursday, Lucas and Hobson expressed the importance of preserving the archives.
“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” the company said. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”
Ebony, founded by publishing pioneer John H. Johnson, published its first issue on Nov. 1, 1945. In 1951, its sister magazine JET was born. In 1969, the magazine would received a Pulitzer Prize for its photo of Coretta Scott King and her children grieving during Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.