Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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44 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 of the waste has decomposed, but, as Bader says, "ere's a reason we call it night soil." It's dark, rich and occasionally a bit stinky.) She has found one lot that had four privies on it, perhaps because as the neighborhood suffered from an economic crisis in the 1890s and affluent families started leaving for neighborhoods to the east, grand Italianate-style homes were divided into tenement housing or lots were split up. Several privies would've served multiple families, and, at the time, even the outhouses were segregated — blacks in one, whites in another. Copious research determined the 23 lots Corn Island will sample. Maps, census records and every archived document Bader and her team could locate helped them choose, for instance, a lot belonging to Dr. Sarah Fitzbutler and her husband Dr. Henry Fitzbutler. Sarah became the first African-American woman to receive a medical degree in Kentucky, and her husband was Louisville's first black physician. In 1888, he also opened the Louisville National Medical College, the only medical school in Louisville open to African-Americans at the time. Archeologists have also pinpointed a section that once had a "female boarding house" or brothel on it; a lot belonging to Lithuanian immigrants; and one that was home to a black newspaper editor in the late 1880s. e Old Walnut Street Park site is Corn Island's first stop, as it's already clear of buildings and will be the first area developed as part of the Choice Neighborhoods project. Most of what they've found so far is kitchen items — dishware, copper-alloy spoons, clay storage jars. When coins surface, Bader wonders if they were accidentally dropped into the outhouse's deep, unforgiving pit. She marvels at intricate, hand-painted marbles and an almost-intact plastic mantilla hair comb that a century ago elegantly fastened a woman's hair away from her face. At some point, she lifted it out of place. At some point, down it went, a few of the comb's teeth either cracking off before, during or after its passage below ground. Russell witnessed great change in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the Beecher Terrace footprint, businesses grew from 65 in 1884 to nearly 160 in 1920. In the late 1800s, This is believed to be part of a single-barrel derringer handgun. Dominoes like this one were originally made from bone. The green stains mark where copper or brass tacks attached the domino to an ebony backing.

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