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Blue Boar Cafeteria

Sit-In Demonstration Site

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2017
1. Sit-In Demonstration Site Marker
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Sit-In Demonstration Site
Blue Boar Cafeteria
644 South Fourth Street
410 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.
(formerly Walnut Street)
One of two Blue Boar Cafeterias was located at this site. Blue Boar was part of a regional chain that primarily operated in the South. Known for their ‘home-style" cooked fare, the restaurants were popular with downtown workers and shoppers for their reasonable prices and good food.

Demonstrations were conducted in front of the Blue Boar and other restaurants along Fourth Street from Broadway to Chestnut Street and other locations downtown. The Louisville Defender reported that 332 students and adults were arrested while conducting sit-ins and squat-ins at Kupies Double Burger on Fifth Street near Muhammad Ali (formerly Walnut street).

The Blue Boar Cafeterias were the sites of escalated violence by merchant policemen and customers against protesters. As students protested in front of the restaurants, some white patrons trampled over students using their knees and elbows to make their way.

Prior to the demonstrations only 10 of 135 restaurants located
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2017
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downtown were desegregated. In the wake of the protests 24 more opened their doors. The rest remained closed to African Americans until the passage of the public accommodations law in 1963. Blue Boar and other cafeteria-styled restaurants went into a decline in the late 1960s and by the 1980s were largely absent, having been eclipsed by fast food restaurants.

“Freedom, Everybody Wants Freedom”
(sung by high school student protestors as they were led off to jail)
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson (September 8, 1949-January 5, 2013)
September 30, 2013
Sponsored by the University of Louisville: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, Louisville Metro Council, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Office of th Mayor, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

 
Erected 2013 by the University of Louisville: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, Louisville Metro Council, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Office of the Mayor, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 38° 15.071′ N, 85° 45.507′ 
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2017
3. Sit-In Demonstration Site Marker
W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Cathedral Way, on the left when traveling west on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rotary Club of Louisville / Henry Watterson Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Merton - (1915-68) / A Revelation (within shouting distance of this marker); Sit-in Demonstration Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cathedral of the Assumption (about 300 feet away); Mother Catherine Spaulding (about 400 feet away); Civil Rights Movement Overview - Fourth Street Sit-In Demonstration Sites (about 400 feet away); Sit-In Demonstration Site (about 400 feet away); Campaign to End Racial Segregation in Louisville (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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