Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods

Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods

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After the American Civil War, many African Americans found a new life in qRiver Town.q Louisville became a historic marker for freed men and women of color who bought acres of land or leased shotgun cottages and lots from whites to begin their new emancipated life. Smoketown is the only neighborhood in the city of Louisville with such continuous presence. By 1866, Smoketown was settled by these freemen, and by 1871 the first public building, the Eastern Colored School, was erected. By the 1950 census, 10, 653 people lived in Smoketown, and other historic black neighborhoods--such as Petersburg/Newburg, Parkland, California, Russell, Berrytown, Griffytown, and Black Hill in Old Louisville--were thriving. As these new neighborhoods sprang up, another historic event was taking place: in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby convened, and 13 of the 15 jockeys were black. Such astounding history embraces this city, and Images of America: Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods relives its magnificent and rich narrative.Fifteen of the first 28 Derby winners were black, and these African American jockeys who dominated the world of racing are a legacy nearly forgotten. ... On the COveR: This 1928 image shows the Louisville Free Public Library Western Colored Library childrena#39;s room at the library at 604 South Tenth ... His apprentice program lasted into the 1930s and attracted students from across the South. ... IMAGESofAmerica LouisviLLea#39;s Historic BLack NeigHBorHoods Beatrice S. Brown, PhD.

Title:Louisville's Historic Black Neighborhoods
Author:Beatrice S. Brown
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2012


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