Louisville Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
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N 38° 13.374 W 085° 43.749
16S E 611241 N 4231310
Quick Description: This maker stands at the entrance of a historic African-American cemetery.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2009 5:10:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM78HP
This marker is found in Louisville, Kentucky, on Poplar Level Road, at the entrance to Louisville Cemetery. This cemetery includes the graves of some of the most influential African-Americans in Louisville history. The marker text reads:
Original 31 acres incorporated Mar. 23, 1886, by prominent black citizens Bishop W. H. Miles, H. C. Weeden, J. Meriwether, A. J. Bibb, W. P. Churchill, William H. Gibson, Sr., and Felix Johnson. Buried here are Dr. Robert B. Scott, cofounder of Louisville Red Cross Hospital; educator Atwood S. Wilson; blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver; and community activist Bessie Allen.
(Reverse) William Walker, Sr. (1860-1933) - Born a slave in Woodford County, jockey William "Uncle Bill" Walker won 1877 Kentucky Derby on Baden-Baden. Churchill Downs' leading rider between 1875 and 1878, he retired from saddle in 1896. An expert on Thoroughbred pedigree in America, Walker was instrumental in developing modern racehorse. Presented by Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee, Inc.
Marker Name: Louisville Cemetery
Marker Location: City
Type of Marker: Other
Marker Number (for official markers): 1992
Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee
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