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Panel Discussion: People and Places of the Russell Neighborhood

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   25/04/2019 18:00:00 25/04/2019 19:00:00 America/Anguilla Panel Discussion: People and Places of the Russell Neighborhood Thursday, April 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Sam Watkins will moderate a panel discussion on the people and places of the Russell Neighborhood. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 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 series that seeks to connect people with their hyper-local 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.

Sam Watkins, former Chief Executive Officer of Louisville Central Community Centers, will lead a panel discussion on the people and places that put the Russell neighborhood on the map. Joining him on the panel will be:

  • Lynn E. Johnson, Director of the Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers Program serving teens grades 8th – 12th.   She has expanded the program to youth grades K-7th. She commits to helping teens succeed, while nurturing adult volunteers who are the backbone of the Program.
  • Reverend David Snardon, Pastor of Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church. He is a leader of pastors who support the transformation of the Russell neighborhood and has provided strategic leadership in advancing economic development in Russell and west Louisville.

Panel Discussion: People and Places of the Russell Neighborhood

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