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Panel Discussion: Notable Louisville Neighborhoods and People Who Put Them on the Map

Tuesday, March 12, 2019: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: Central High School

Add To Calendar   12/03/2019 18:00:00 12/03/2019 19:00:00 America/Atikokan Panel Discussion: Notable Louisville Neighborhoods and People Who Put Them on the Map Tuesday, March 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | This panel discussion focuses on the Russell Neighborhood. The panel is moderated by Ken Clay and features Michael L. Jones, Claudia Geurin, and Jana Meyer. Sponsored by Caldwell Tanks Central High School, 1130 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40203 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY

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Notable Louisville Neighborhoods and the People Who Put Them on the Map is a new Filson series that seeks to connect people with their hyperlocal history in a meaningful way. Focusing on the various neighborhoods within the city of Louisville, the series kicks off with a panel discussion on the history of the Russell Neighborhood. Originally a fashionable suburb with white and black working-class housing, Russell evolved into Louisville’s foremost African American neighborhood by the 1940s, boasting a well-defined business district and an expansive residential area.

Ken Clay, community leader and co-author of Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History, will lead a panel discussion to bring to life Russell’s important history and influence on our community.

Joining Clay on the panel will be:

  • Michael L. Jones an award-winning freelance journalist and author whose work regularly appears in Insider Louisville, LEO, Louisville Magazine and Food & Dining. His last book, Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee, received the 2014 Samuel Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League. Jones' article about the black roots of Happy Birthday to You, A Peculiar Composition, appeared in the 2017 Oxford American music issue which focused on Kentucky.
  • Claudia Geurin is a retired employee of AT&T and Jefferson County Public Schools.  She grew up in the Parkland neighborhood, attended Central High School, and is a lifelong member of the Hill Street BC that was located in the Russell area from 1942-2005. Geurin wrote first book, Time and Story in 2016.  She has been a member of the Louisville Urban League Guild for 38 years.
  • Jana Meyer is an Associate Curator of Collections at the Filson Historical Society.  She received a degree in History from the University of Louisville, as well as a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.  Jana specializes in arranging and describing the Filson's manuscript collections.

Panel Discussion: Notable Louisville Neighborhoods and People Who Put Them on the Map

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