Frazier History Museum

100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs

Father and son at a memorial service for the 27 people killed in the school bus accident near Carrolton, KY. ,1988. Photograph by Ben Van Hook..

Father and son at a memorial service for the 27 people killed in the school bus accident near Carrolton, KY. ,1988. Photograph by Ben Van Hook..

Now Open!

They are the images that have moved readers to action, to laughter, to celebration and to tears. In its 150 year history, Louisville’s Courier-Journal photographers have gone to great lengths to capture the beautiful, the tragic and the controversial moments of life in our region. Opening to the public for the very first time on Friday January 27th 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs will be on-display for all to experience. These snap-shots will take visitors through time-and-place and display in crystal clarity that a picture is, indeed, worth a-thousand words.

In the exhibit visitors will be transported back in time to events that made Louisville Kentucky the place that it is today, with both Mother Nature and Father Time playing major parts. From President L.B.J. to M.L.K., from Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Ford to the K.K.K., Kentucky has at times existed in the cross-hairs of political discourse with free-speech being tested every step of the way. From tragedy to triumph, from painful defeat to sweet victory 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs frame it all. Through the years the lenses of award-winning C-J photographers have sharpened their focus on some of the biggest stars of the 20th century: Babe Ruth, Elvis, Pope John Paul II, Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Bob Hope, Mother Teresa and Mikhail Baryshnikov are just a few of the titans showcased among the 100 images.

Curated by current and former Courier-Journal photographers, the exhibition is presented in partnership with the Frazier History Museum. 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs will be on display through the first week of March, 2017.  “The Courier-Journal has always been a mirror of our community and I know that this exhibition will help people to remember how relevant it has been and how relevant it remains to be,” said Frazier President, Penny Peavler.

The King of soul, James Brown, 1966. Photo by C. Thomas Hardin

The King of soul, James Brown, 1966. Photo by C. Thomas Hardin


Senator Robert Kennedy, 1968  presidential campaign stop in eastern KY. Photo by Larry Spitzer

Senator Robert Kennedy, 1968  presidential campaign stop in eastern KY. Photo by Larry Spitzer