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Councilwoman Hamilton invites the community to meet local authors for Reading and book Signing on July 27th

Tuesday July 15, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Two local books, by two different sets of authors, are creating a buzz around Metro Louisville detailing the history of one neighborhood and the life experiences of students in West Louisville.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will host a reading and book signing for the authors of “Our Shawnee” and “Recipes & Recollections from the Homes Samuel A. Plato Built” on Sunday July 27th.

“These two books portray different perspectives on areas of West Louisville that many may not know about,” says Hamilton. “This event will give people a chance to hear the words of the people of the Westover Subdivision in the Chickasaw Neighborhood and the views of eight students from the Academy @ Shawnee as they look at their past and what lies ahead in their future.”

“Our Shawnee” is a project of the Louisville Story Program from students who attended the Academy @ Shawnee. Eight graduating seniors: Precious Barnett, Callie Comer, Asia Frey, Cody Harral, David McConico, Jodecia Thomas, Devante Urbina and Taylor Winemiller, have written personal stories about their lives and growing up in the Shawnee and Portland area. It is an honest, real look at their past and how they see their future.

“Too often we do not take they time to really understand life through the eyes of young people. How they see things, what they believe is important and how they react when presented with challenges. The kind of challenges many of us may never face. Their writings show us what they feel and what they think,” says Hamilton.

Leborah A. Goodwin and P.Jannene Winstead have authored a cookbook which is also a history lesson about the Westover Subdivision of the Chickasaw Neighborhood.

“Recipes & Recollections from the Houses Samuel A. Plato Built” is a loving recounting of post-World War II living in West Louisville. The cookbook contains more than 200 recipes from residents of the homes built in the 1940’s and 50’s in the area of Greenwood Avenue, Grand Avenue, Plato Terrace, Virginia Avenue, Dumesnil and Winnrose Way near Chickasaw Park.

Samuel A. Plato was a renowned architect in Louisville whose designs included the Old Mammoth Life Insurance Co. building, the Broadway Temple AME Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Lampton Baptist Church and the Virginia Avenue Elementary School now known as the West End School. Eight of His Buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Between the pages of recipes, the reader will learn about the families and times growing up in this special part of West Louisville. Many of those families are still there today and this book is a tribute to how a segregated community of Metro Louisville moved forward from the idea of one man to a thriving community,” says Hamilton.

These authors will be on hand to read passages from their works, autograph their books and you’ll even get to taste some of the dishes prepared from favorite recipes in the book.

The event is set at the Yearlings Club, 4309 West Broadway from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, July 27th.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5