The West End of Louisville (ca. 1835- )

The West End of Louisville, Kentucky emerged as a predominantly black neighborhood in the city during the 1830s when free blacks began buying property west of 9th Street. The area, however, was not entirely black as African Americans lived alongside Jewish, German, and Irish immigrants, … Read MoreThe West End of Louisville (ca. 1835- )

Alberta Odell Jones (1930-1965)

Alberta Jones was born in November 1930 to Sarah (Sadie) Frances Crawford and Odell Jones, in Louisville, Kentucky. Jones attended Louisville Central High School and the Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, which in 1951 merged with the University of Louisville. She graduated third in her … Read MoreAlberta Odell Jones (1930-1965)

Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines, (1923-2005)

College Basketball has had many legendary coaches that have become household names through their success on the court. For Coach Clarence Edward Gaines, known as “Big House” for his large frame, winning was a habit that led him to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1982. While … Read MoreClarence E. “Big House” Gaines, (1923-2005)

Harvey Clarence Russell Jr. (1918-1998)

In the post-World War II years Harvey Clarence Russell Jr. paved the way for African American businessmen in corporate America. As one of the first black executives for a major American company, Russell made a name as a trailblazer and business titan in his time. He has … Read MoreHarvey Clarence Russell Jr. (1918-1998)