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(WLKY) – The fate of the Castleman statue remains the same, despite the Friends of Louisville Public Art’s proposal to add a memorial honoring African-American leaders from the community.
The memorial would honor 19 African-American, Louisville leaders who praised Castleman’s efforts to keep Louisville’s park system integrated in the early 1900s.On June 18, 1924, the Louisville Parks Commission declared that the city’s parks would become segregated. In response, the group of Black leaders wrote:
“General Castleman, the father of our parks system, steadfastly refused to allow any kind of racial segregation in the parks of the city, and this policy has been followed until the present board issued its segregation orders a few days ago.”
Castleman served on the Louisville Parks Commission until 1916. He died in 1918.
The Friends of Louisville’s Public Art also add that Castleman worked with several prominent Black leaders, like Booker T. Washington, as well as advocated for women. He also served as a general in the U.S. Army.
However, Castleman served as a Major in the Confederate Army for two years, which is why…