Louisville’s Civil Rights History – Anne Braden Institute Revises Popular Civil Rights Tour

The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research has revised its popular self-guided tour of Louisville’s civil rights history.  The revamped tour includes new stops, a brochure with a pull-out walking map of downtown Louisville sites, and QR codes that can be read with a smartphone.  By scanning QR codes, users can obtain additional historical information about particular sites.

The tour’s 22 stops include Freedom Park at the University of Louisville, the area of 4th Street in downtown Louisville where mass protests for open accommodations took place in 1961, Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Wade family home in Shively, which was dynamited in 1954 after being purchased by an African American family.

In addition to the revised tour, two other options for exploring Louisville’s civil rights history are available.  An exhibit in the Louisville International Airport introduces the subject to visitors.  It occupies the Pegasus Gallery through March 31.

A podcast entitled “Civil Rights History Tour” is available at http://www.gotolouisville.com/explore-louisville/multimedia/videos/lookin-louisville/civil-rights-history-tour/index.aspx.  It features Dr. Cate Fosl, Director of the Anne Braden Institute, talking about stops on the tour and civil rights activity in Louisville.

The map for the self-directed tour is available online at http://anne-braden.org/civil-rights-driving-tour-map/.  Hard copies can be picked up at the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research on the second floor of Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (room 258). Copies can also be obtained partner organizations, all of whom helped make the revised tour possible: the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 North 6th Street, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, and the Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 301 South Fourth Street.

The exhibit and podcast both feature tributes to Dr. Blaine Hudson, the long-serving dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the U of L.  Dr. Hudson passed away last month after a long illness.  A leading historian of African American history, Dr. Hudson played was instrumental in founding the Anne Braden Institute.  The revised tour continues his interest in the African American freedom struggle in the Ohio River Valley.

For more information, contact Cate Fosl at cafosl01@louisville.edu or take a look at the Braden Institute website at www.louisville.edu/braden.


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