Louisville loves its boroughs. Ask any Louisvillian well-settled into the beat of the city and they will readily identify their geographical roots within the realms of River City’s myriad and vibrantly-varied neighborhood communities. I cut my teeth in the East End, a safe – albeit stereotypically bland – atmosphere of well-oiled machines, manicured people and strip malls of various ages. The burbs are a good place to ride your bike when you’re little. Now, several years into the prime of my adult life, my heart lies in Old Louisville. This is the neighborhood that I will share with others throughout my life; these are the memories that I will contribute to the plaster walls of my lovable, slightly dilapidated Victorian. Louisville at its finest, and I’m good to my hood.
But the defining communities that we love and enjoy now have undergone numerous facelifts, haydays, as well as various and sundry primes and falls. Louisville and its boroughs morph with a generous ease generation to generation, and sometimes, despite our best efforts to savor and preserve the local flavor, can slip through our collective memories. In an effort to recapture these histories and share the memories of Louisville’s bygone communities, local authors Kenneth Clay and Mervin Aubespin will tutor the public in a lesson of good-old-fashioned Louisville nostalgia. Co-writers of the book Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History, Clay and Aubespin will impart their own personal experiences of the once vibrant Walnut Street Community. A neighborhood now virtually unknown in modern circles, the area of Walnut Street between 6th Street and 15th Street was once a colorful borough filled with numerous black businesses and its own thriving mentality before the urban renewal of the 1960s.
Focusing on their own personal experience from both childhood and adulthood, Clay and Aubespin will shed some light on the community once rich with its own personal flare. Aubespin, a retired associate-editor of the Courier-Journal and community activist, and Clay, an entrepreneur and former vice-president of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, will use their combined histories, thoughts and anecdotes to relive the Walnut Street experience for a new generation of borough-loyal Louisvillians. Don’t miss them tomorrow night, February 7th at 6pm for a free opportunity to share in their histories first hand.
The Filson Historical Society is located at 1310 S Third Street
This event is free, but reservations are suggested.
For more information, visit the Filson’s website
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