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Sit-In Demonstration Site

Kaufman-Straus

 

— 427 South Fourth Street —

 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Sit-In Demonstration Site - Kaufman-Straus - 427 South Fourth Street Marker
Inscription.  Kaufman-Straus Department Store was located at this site. Kaufman's was one of two large department stores targeted for demonstrations due to its discrimination policy. In early 1960 student members of COREv(Congress of Racial Equality), headed by Reverend M. M. D. Perdue,vprotested in front of the store and were later joined by Bishop C. Eubank Tucker, members of AME Zion Church, NAACP Youth Council and a biracial coalition of individuals.

Demonstrations or “stand-ins” during the lunch hour disrupted business as white patrons were forced to walk by demonstrators who were cordoned off by a chain placed by the store's private policemen. In response, the manager was forced to close the Charl-Mont Tea Room. As the demonstrations continued, in a united show of support, three black civic organizations - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, The Louisville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Independent Improvement Association - along with individual customers boycotted the store and cancelled their credit cards. In a letter to the store's general manager, Lyman T. Johnson, president of the Alpha Lambda Chapter, Alpha
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Sit-In Demonstration Site Marker
Phi Alpha Fraternity, wrote, “We as self-respecting Negro citizens wish to register our protest against this policy of yours”.

The demonstrations continued throughout the year and in conjunction with the “Nothing New for Easter” boycott. It was not until the public accommodations ordinance passed in 1963 that blacks were finally served in the store's restaurants.

“We shall overcome, We shall overcome, We shall overcome some day”

Dedicated to the memory of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson (September 8,1949 -January 6, 2013)
 
Erected 2013 by The University of Louisville: College of Arts and Sciences; The Louisville (KY) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; Louisville Metro Council; Louisville Downtown Partnership; Office of the Mayor; Alpha Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and 4th Street Live.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 38° 15.115′ N, 85° 45.432′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on South 4th Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in 4th Street Live! pedestrian shopping and entertainment area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 427 South 4th Street, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Merton - (1915-68) / A Revelation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sit-in Demonstration Site (about 400 feet away); Rotary Club of Louisville / Henry Watterson Hotel (about 400 feet away); Blue Boar Cafeteria (about 400 feet away); Cathedral of the Assumption (about 500 feet away); Mother Catherine Spaulding (about 500 feet away); Civil Rights Movement Overview - Fourth Street Sit-In Demonstration Sites (about 600 feet away); They Paid For Peace (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  1961 Campaign to End Racial Segregation - Fourth Street Shopping District. By David J. Trowbridge for Clio: Your Guide to History. Posted April 19, 2017. (Submitted on December 2, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on December 2, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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