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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Smoketown / Historic Area

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Smoketown Marker
Inscription.  
Smoketown
This historically black community began to flourish following end of slavery in 1865, when thousands of African Americans moved to Louisville. Shotgun-type houses on closely spaced streets and alleys allowed both black and white landowners to profit from the dense settlement. Washington Spradling, Jr., a prominent African American, owned vast real estate in area.

Historic Area
Many in Smoketown worked in tobacco warehouses as cutters, processors, and haulers. Community had one of city's first African American public schools, founded 1874. Smoketown is only post-Civil War neighborhood settled mainly by African Americans that remains in city of Louisville.
Presented by Louisville and Jefferson County
African American Heritage Committee, Inc.

 
Erected 1996 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1985.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Historic Area Marker
ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.693′ N, 85° 44.627′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Broadway and South Hancock Street, on the right when traveling east on East Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Green Street Baptist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rev. William H. Sheppard (about 700 feet away); First Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Community Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Father Herman Felhoelter / Sacrifice in Korea (approx. ¼ mile away); Louis D. Brandeis Home / Louis D. Brandeis (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Boniface Parish (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scottish Rite Temple / Grand Consistory of Kentucky (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Smoketown History & Heritage. History of the area's development,
Smoketown / Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Smoketown / Historic Area Marker
decline and revitalization. From Smoketown Voice, a publication of Smoketown HopeBox Corp., a collaboration of 10 community organizations. (Submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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