Braden Institute revises Louisville civil rights history tour
The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at UofL has revised its popular Self-Guided Tour of Louisville’s Civil Rights History brochure with new stops, a pull-out walking map of downtown Louisville sites, and QR codes that are readable with a smartphone and give access to even more historical information.
The tour’s 22 stops include UofL's Freedom Park, the area of 4th Street that was the scene of mass protests for open accommodations in 1961, Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Wade family home in Shively, which was dynamited in 1954 after the African American family moved into the then all-white neighborhood.
Local men and women — black and white — who insisted on equality fought the battle for African American civil rights. The tour shows their efforts and provides an understanding of Louisville’s local heritage, introducing figures and sites of importance from the city’s history.
The brochure is available at the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research (University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library, Room 258), and at tour partners: The Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. 6th St.), The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard), or the Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (301 S. Fourth St.).
The tour map also is online.