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50th Anniversary of Louisville’s Public Accommodations honored by Louisville Metro Council

Thursday May 9, 2013

For Immediate Releas:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – In a unanimous vote on Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution honoring the 50th Anniversary of an historic ordinance that provided equal treatment of public accommodations for African Americans in the city.

On May 14, 1963, the former Louisville Board of Aldermen passed the ordinance and it was later signed into law by Mayor William O. Cowger.

“Louisville became the first southern city to make this brave move,” said Councilman David James (D-6), one of primary sponsors of the resolution. “It is important that we remember the brave efforts of young people who participated in sit-ins throughout the downtown area to effect this change.”

The Metro Council is partnering with the University of Louisville to place historical markers along the sit-in sites of downtown to commemorate those actions of 1963.

“To many of us, fifty years seems like a long time but it is important that we remind people where we have come from in making progress in human relations,” said Councilman David Tandy (D-4). “This ordinance when it was passed in 1963 was a major change in how people were treated in Louisville. It deserves our praise and honor.”

All members of Metro Council have signed on as sponsors.

On Tuesday, the first of the historical markers will be placed at Fourth and Guthrie during a ceremony beginning at 3:30pm.

The Louisville Metro Council