I am interested in uncovering the various layers of Louisville’s history and how the geography has been manipulated by social interactions. By using the term manipulation I am not only referring to the external phenomenon like changing the literal geography or land mass through building structures. I am referring to the deeper implications of what these sites represent to the unconscious identity of a place and the bodies that occupied/occupy the space. I am trying to dig for the residue of this unconscious identity, its formation and the impact upon families and social dynamics in Louisville, KY.
There are several sites that I focus on within the book project that involve entertainment, education, domestic space, and leisure space. These spaces are loaded with the residue of being constantly conflated with histories of slavery, reconstruction, the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movements. This page will feature reflections on the differences between West and East Louisville and how African-Americans navigate these two worlds, the public school system, factions of separate but equal as it pertains to space, former plantation sites and their usage today, the Ohio River as a liminal geographical boundary, street names that morph into city divisions, park systems that upheld segregation, housing projects, and several other land and social dynamics.
I will feature a different Historical Location/Implication once a month.
The photo above is from the May 1968 Louisville riots.