November 13, 1962
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA CURBS SALE OF COMMUNIST GOODS
Columbus, Georgia* (JFK+50) The Ledger-Enquirer** reported today that the city of Columbus has passed an ordinance which will levy a license fee of $1000 on any retailer or wholesaler that sells goods produced in Communist block nations.
The list of banned goods includes Polish hams & Soviet furs.
The ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 1963.
*Columbus, Georgia, founded in 1828, was named in honor of Christopher Columbus. It is located 100 miles South of Atlanta. Fort Benning is located nearby. Today the city is HQ for Aflac, Synovus, TSYS, & Carmike Cinemas.
**The Ledger-Enquirer was founded in 1828 by Mirabeau B. Lamar. He later became the 3rd president of the Republic of Texas. The newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize of 1926 for Public Service for its fight against the KKK, enactment of a law barring the teaching of evolution, support of justice for African-Americans & opposition to lynching.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer also won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for its editorial attack on corruption in a neighboring city.