May 1968 Louisville Riots
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 that one can see within changing of the literal geography/land mass through building structures, but the deeper implications of what these sites represent to the unconscious identity of a place and bodies within the space. I am trying to dig for the residue of this unconscious identity within its formation and impact upon African-American 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 the tumultuous histories of slavery, reconstruction, The Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
This page will feature musings 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), a site of a former plantation that was turned into a hotel and amusement park, the Ohio River as a liminal boundary, street names, park systems that upheld segregation, housing projects in Louisville, and several other factors that influence the land and social dynamics.