From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Iroquois Park (Louisville, KY)

In 1924 two African American teachers, Margaret Taylor and Naomi Anthony, took their students to Iroquois Park for an outing. As they were leaving, the security guards and a group of whites informed the teachers that the park was for whites only. The teachers said that they were not aware of the restriction and would look into the matter. A scuffle of sorts occurred; after the teachers and students were roughly handled, it was termed a near riot, and the teachers were arrested. After several hours the women were taken to the downtown police station where a large crowd of African Americans had gathered. African American leaders and white city leaders debated the issues. The outcome -- the teachers were reprimanded by the school board, the courts fined Naomi Anthony $10 for attacking a park guard, and the Board of Park Commissioners adopted a resolution of segregation in the Louisville public parks. For more see Life Behind a Veil, by G. Wright.


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NKAA Source: Life behind a veil : Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930

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“Iroquois Park (Louisville, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 26, 2022,

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