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

Rev. William H. Sheppard

 
 
Rev. William H. Sheppard Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Rev. William H. Sheppard Marker (Side B)
Inscription.  Born in Waynesboro, Virginia, in 1865, Sheppard attended Hampton and Stillman Institutes. Sent to the Belgian Congo in 1890, he served as missionary in Africa until 1910. Became a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London in 1893 for his explorations. Sheppard denounced the Belgian colonists' cruelty in the Congo.

Returning from Africa, Sheppard was pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Louisville from 1912 until his death in 1927. One of the city's most respected African American leaders, he was known for his work in the Smoketown community. Sheppard Park (1924) and Sheppard Square Housing Project (1942) named in his honor.
Presented by Alderman George Unseld.

 
Erected 2000 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2055.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location.
Rev. William H. Sheppard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Rev. William H. Sheppard Marker
38° 14.584′ N, 85° 44.631′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Hancock Street and East Jacob Street, on the right when traveling north on South Hancock Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presbyterian Community Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smoketown / Historic Area (about 700 feet away); Green Street Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); First Lutheran Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Father Herman Felhoelter / Sacrifice in Korea (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louis D. Brandeis Home / Louis D. Brandeis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Falls City Jeans & Woolen Mills / Kentucky Jeans (approx. half a mile away); Scottish Rite Temple / Grand Consistory of Kentucky (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  William Henry Sheppard (Wikipedia). (Submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
Rev. William Henry Sheppard image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, circa 1917
3. Rev. William Henry Sheppard
 
 
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 32 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Mar. 8, 2021