The exhibit is about Andrew and Charlotte Wade, who moved with their toddler, Rosemary, into a house in what is now Shively. They were the only African American family in the neighborhood, and six weeks later segregationists blew up their home with dynamite. Anne and Carl Braden, white supporters who had bought the home on behalf of the Wades, were accused of staging the house purchase and bombing as part of a communist plot.

            UofL’s Braden Institute is looking to borrow items such as clippings or artifacts related to the Wade home purchase, Carl Braden’s highly publicized sedition trial and related events of 1954. The items will be displayed at the library Sept. 25-Nov. 9, according to Cate Fosl, institute director.

            People who have items for the “Black Freedom, White Allies and Red Scare: Louisville 1954” exhibit are asked to contact Jamie Beard at 502-852-6142 or Jamie.beard@louisville.edu by Sept. 10.

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Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.