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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - August 14, 1963, Bennington, Vermont 14-Bennington Banner wednesday August 14, 1963louisville is making Progress without strife in its race relations Louisville by. Up a in the Hurricane of racial strife that has swept the nation Louisville has been pointed out As the quiet Eye of the storm. While killings and riot have become a shocking part of the National scene North and South this Milo River City a which is neither North or South has proceeded in relative Calm to build new racial relationships. Six years ago president Eisenhower invited the City a superintendent of schools to the White House in recognition of Louisville a orderly compliance with the supreme courts desegregation order. Two years ago a human relations commission was set up to Pilot the City through further areas of racial integration. Anda few weeks ago Louisville became the first major City South of the Ohio River to adopt an ordinance making it illegal to discriminate against members of any race in places of Public accommodation a such As hotels restaurants or Heaters. The Law takes effect in september. Is Louisville a shining example for other cities to follow or is she More the Lucky beneficiary of a Peculiar situation that others done to enjoy some of the answers lie in the City a colourful past. The Story of racial integration in Louisville is at least 92 years old and it has been until recently a slow moving process. Negroes staged a sit ins a and a Freedom rides a in Louisville in 1871, Long before those names were invented. There was a Little violence but negroes won the right to ride the streetcars a horse cars in those Days and the City a Public transportation has been non segregated Ever since. Legitimate Heaters have been open to All since the turn of the Century although until recently negroes sat in the Balcony. Movie houses have been desegregated Only a year or so. William Walley of Louisville won a 1917 supreme court Case on the basis of which the court later invalidated racial covenants in real estate deeds. A negro went to the legislature from Louisville in 1934 another was elected to City Council in 1945. Negroes have always voted in Louisville a Factor of primary importance. Public libraries it Ere quietly desegregated in 1948. The University of Louisville in 1951, City Golf courses in 1952 after a lawsuit the Public schools promptly after the 1954 supreme court edict the City swimming polls in 1955, Public housing projects in 1950. In Fach Case there was some muttered dissatisfaction a few letters to the editor but mostly quiet acceptance. Not that Louisville has been completely free of incident or even of violence. There was the Case of Andrew Wade a negro whose Home in a previously All White neighbourhood was blown up after it had been bought for him by Carl and Anne Braden. Later Braden was convicted of conspiracy under a state sedition statute when an Fri undercover agent testified Braden headed a communist cell. Braden was freed from prison when the supreme court overthrew All such sedition statutes. In 1958, sit ins brought opening of lunch counters in downtown department and variety stores. In Stamps for Bonds key West Fla. Apr the a trading Stamps Given by a camera store Here can be redeemed for , savings Bonds. Proprietor Frank Wayne gives his customers a 10-cent savings stamp for each Dollar spent at his store. Uncle Sam takes care of the redemption. 1959 Cadillac 4 dr., Blue Many Power options i owner s2495. 1959 Chevrolet Impala convt., v-8, Auto. Trans $1495. Eddington inc. 239 Moin St. Bennington it. 1961 hundreds of Young negroes paraded downtown streets and circled in front of Heaters and restaurants chanting a we want scores were arrested most of them to be released in their parents custody. There was some pushing and shoving. But no real violence. The City administration then democratic ought voluntary de a a a segregation of the downtown Section and in some cases got it. Some places which outwardly complied in fact continued to refuse service to negroes. Then came in the 1961 election which produced an astonishing Republican Victory Over City and county democratic machines that had been in Power for three decades. Election Post Mort Ems pointed to the negro vote As a major Factor perhaps the decisive Factor. Negro precincts that had been 90 per cent democratic for years went Republican. A reliable estimate is that the negro vote was 77 per cent for Republican William o. Cowger for mayor. A native of Nebraska who also has lived in Minnesota new York and Texas Cowger says Quot i have never seen a City with less prejudice against All minority groups racial or religious than the mayor agreed that Louisville s negro population of 17 per cent is smaller than some other cities but said a when the others bring that up i can Only say that you Deal with 30 out of too the same Way you Deal with 17 out of too. I will say that out negroes Are a steady group most have been Here for generations and this is their Cowger said a we have our problems but we Arentt sweeping any of them under the Rug. Employment is Tough we sometimes can to find qualified people for top jobs. Housing will be Tough. But we have been working on them for Over a year. What a More than 200 people on sub committees of the human rights commission getting the facts and seeking the answers to these issues before they get Louisville has been Lucky if that is the word in that its negro population has been better equipped than in some other cities to Cope with a rising social status negroes Here have Long had some degree of education Opportunity they have not been subjected o the almost total segregation of the deep South. Lucky perhaps. But basically Louisville so far has escaped ser rious racial violence because it has followed its conscience and has lived by the Law. A quantities limited ugh v it on we duo Chi i win foods i Imi off plenty of free parking Sale pats a thous.rn., sat. Accost is n Kari 8 30 . To 6 . Mon., tues., sat. Open 8 30 . To 9 . Wed. Thurs. Fri Swift s w0rthm0re1 736 main St. Bennington it. Bacon lab. 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