Louisville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and the county seat of Jefferson County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population was 721,594.
Louisville had one of the largest slave trades in the United States before the Civil War, and much of the city's initial growth is attributed to that trade. It was a major shipping port and slaves worked in a variety of associated trades. The city was often a point of escape for slaves to the north, as Indiana was a free state. The city's significant black population and location on the Ohio River resulted in its becoming a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Since the mid-20th century, Louisville has in some ways been divided up into three sides of town: the West End, the South End, and the East End. In 2003, Bill Dakan, a University of Louisville geography professor, said that the West End, west of 7th Street and north of Algonquin Parkway, is "a euphemism for the African-American part of town" although he points out that this belief is not entirely true, and most African Americans no longer live in areas where more than 80% of residents are black. Nevertheless, he says the perception is still strong. The South End has long had a reputation as a white, working-class part of town, while the East End has been seen as middle and upper class.
The city is home to several megachurches. Southeast Christian Church is one of the largest Christian churches in the United States and St. Stephen Baptist Church has the largest African-American congregation and is home to contemporary gospel recording artists Joe Leavell & the St. Stephen Temple Choir. Louisville is also home to the oldest African-American Seventh-day Adventist congregation, Magazine Street Church.
Important events occurring in the city have included the largest installation to date (in 1883) and first large space lighted by Edison's light bulb, the first library open to African Americans in the South, and medical advances that include the first human hand transplant, the first self-contained artificial heart transplant, and the site of the development of the first cervical cancer vaccine.
Louisville is home to a number of annual cultural events. Perhaps most well-known is the Kentucky Derby, held annually during the first Saturday of May. The Derby is preceded by a two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival, which starts with the annual Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks display in the nation.
The Kentucky State Fair is held every August at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as well, featuring an array of culture from all areas of Kentucky. In places, the African American community celebrates Juneteenth commemorating June 19, 1865, when slaves in the western territories learned of their freedom.
Louisville has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four seasons. Spring-like conditions typically begin in mid to late March, summer from mid- to late-May to late September, with fall in the October–November period. Severe weather is not uncommon, with occasional tornado outbreaks in the region. Winter typically brings a mix of rain, sleet, and snow, with occasional heavy snowfall and icing. Summer is typically hazy, hot, and humid with long periods of 90-100 degree temperatures and drought conditions at times.
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Big City Styles - 124 W Main Street, Louisville KY (502) 802-6973
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Louisville Defender - Category: African American Newspaper - 1720 Dixie Highway, Post Office Box 2557, Louisville, KY, 40210 (502) 772-2591
100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. - Category: Community Service - President: Mr. Rob Jordan PO Box 24142 Louisville, KY 40224
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Big Mommas Soul Kitchen - 4532 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211-3127 (502) 772-9580
Caldwell's Eat-Out - 2536 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40212 (502) 774-3286
C & T Soul Food - 1359 Dixie hwy, Louisville, KY 40210 (502) 637-3555
F & V'S Deli & Soul Food - 2601 W Market Street, Louisville, KY 40212 (502) 776-1492
Porkeys BBQ - 5427 Valley Station Road, Louisville, KY 40272 (502) 384-2389
Queenie's Soul Cuisine - Golden Fried Chicken, Mac-n-Cheese, Greens, Salmon Croquettes, Cornbread, Peach/Apple Cobbler, Coconut Cake, and don't forget Queenie's famous Potato Salad, plus much, much more. 2956 Richland Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40220 (502) 451-4698
Rite-Way-Bar-B-Cue House - 1548 W Saint Catherine St, Louisville, KY 40210-1357 (502) 584-9385
Soul Kitchen - 4532 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211 (502) 772-9580
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Centennial Olivet Baptist Church - One of the oldest Black church congregations in town. 1541 Oak Street, Louisville, KY (502) 587-6213
Greater St James AME Church - 2100 W Oak St, Louisville, KY 40210-1420 (502) 778-6107
Green Street Baptist Church - Constituted on First Street in 1844. Hosted the famous August 1967 voter registration rally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 519 East Gray Street, Louisville, KY (502) 582-3922
Kenwood Northeast Baptist Church - Began at Todds Point located on Old Zion Road in 1870 by 9 nine brothers. 8900 Highway 22, Louisville, KY (502) 241-7709
Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church - 1901 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203-1553 (502) 583-0324 - (visit website)
Stoner Memorial AME Zion Church - 1127 W Oak St, Louisville, KY 40210-1530 (502) 585-3062
St Paul Ame Church - 1518 S 28th St, Louisville, KY 40211-1702 (502) 778-2434
St Stephen Church - 1018 S. 15th St, Louisville, KY 40210 (502) 583-6798
Walter Clements Ame Zion Church - 4641 E Indian Trl, Louisville, KY 40213-2929 (502) 458-1338
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