African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville

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Mrs. Gilmore discusses her career as a librarian with the Indianapolis Free Public Library. He discusses his family history and his 42-year career with the railroad as a porter. Together Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore discuss their home in Parkland and the changes in the area over the years. Talks about how a mixed couple (black man, white woman) had trouble buying a house and how the racial make-up of the neighborhood changed.
The study of a black family's memories and impressions of the Depression and how it affected Kentucky's African Americans. It also contained detailed descriptions of a coal mine in Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky, including work, company store, pay and improvements with the coming of the War II, black sports and black comedians.
Goodrow grew up in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. He attended St. Columba Catholic School and Flaget High School in Louisville. He served in the Marine Corps (1956-1959) in Puerto Rico and North Carolina. He attended the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University for undergraduate education. His past employment included factory work at Bryan Williamson, salesman for Donnellson Bakery, National Life and Insurance Company, and the Louisville Water Company. A retired Middletown firefighter, he currently is an instructor for Region 6 of the Kentucky Fire Commission. Henry Goodrow speaks about growing up in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. He describes the Parkland neighborhood’s past industries, businesses, shops, and demographics. He tells of the cause and results of the Parkland Riot. He discusses white prejudice against blacks in the 1950s and 1960s. He describes negative perceptions of the West End and contemporary challenges that Parkland faces. He concludes with thoughts on what is needed to improve Parkland. Interview index and summary available
Mr. Goodwin, a nursery owner and local historian from Louisville, Kentucky, discusses his ancestors and other African Americans who lived in the Petersburg / Newburg area. He describes the relationships of various African Americans with white slaveowners, and the efforts blacks made to build their community following slavery. He describes his own efforts to develop his community through the location of library in Newburg and the Petersburg Historical Society's programs, as well as his fight against urban renewal. He also talks about his own career in the nursery business.
Graham, a 73-year-old African American man who was a long-time resident of Parkland. He was a 1922 graduate of Central High School as well as a graduate of Simmons University and Fisk University. He discusses his life and memories of Parkland. Mr George is active in church and religious activities in the neighborhood. Side 2 talks about the changes in the neighborhood since he moved into the area and potential reasons for those changes.
Mr. Grigsby was born in Louisville and has lived here for most of his life. He moved out of town to go to different schools but otherwise has lived in Louisville, in different neighborhoods, and considers Parkland to be his home. He has worked as a computer consultant, astrophysicist, and astrologer. He was living in Parkland during the uprising/riot of 1968. Talked about his life and experiences in Parkland, how the geographic boundaries have changed over time, the issue of housing, political conflicts (white government vs. black government), etc. He has memories of the whole uprising as being exaggerated and blown out of context. Summary available
Professor Grupper was born in New York City and lived there his whole childhood. He moved to Georgia and then Mississippi to participate in Civil Rights protests and organizations. He was jailed twice in Mississippi for his involvement and moved to Louisville in 1969 to work with the Bradens. He has lived in Louisville ever since and has held a couple of appointments in government: Human Relations Commission (1980-1986) and Metro Louisville Human Relation Commission (appointed by Mayor Fischer). He currently teaches at Bellarmine University and considers Louisville to be his home. Although he was not living in Louisville during the 1968 uprising he is well informed of the events and national climate of racial tensions during the time. He has a specific and firm view of Louisville as being a segregated city, then and now. He shares ideas for how the city can become more inclusive and integrated and briefly outlines the transformation of industry and business in the city. Interview index and summary available
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African American former Louisville City Councilwoman Cheri Hamilton, born in 1950 in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Mother was an activist and role model for Hamilton’s activism. She discusses her experiences dealing with racism in Louisville while growing up, as a protester and later as a government official. She also notes the influence of her mother and her activities on her own activism. Interview index and summary available
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