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Justice Resource Center now an "eyesore"

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It was once home to a local civil rights organization, but these days it is being called the eyesore next door.

The Justice Resource Center has fallen on hard times recently.  There are weeds in gutters, overgrown grass, holes in the walls, and trash and furniture in the back yard.

"It's just disrespectful for people to dump on something that meant, you know, meant so much to the city of Louisville," say Charlie Johnson, Louisville businessman and neighbor.

Johnson owns the buildings next door.  He's out of town this weekend but talked to us by phone about his frustrations and concerns.  "It's a shame that Rev. Coleman's legacy is marred by leaving a piece of property here that is a blight to the neighborhood," says Johnson.

The building has been vacant since the death of Louis Coleman, who founded the organization. And according to the PVA, he still owns the home.

"When Rev. Coleman died he was in the process of moving out of that building at Maple Street," says Rev. Milton Seymore, Chairman of the JRC.

Rev. Milton Seymore says the organization took a hit when Coleman died in 2008 but has continued to move forward with its mission.

Rev. Seymore says, "We are still doing the same work. We are looking for jobs, trying to help people find jobs.  We're still standing in the courthouses, asking for justice for all."

Earlier this month, The Justice Resource Center held a grand celebration as it moved to a new location at 18th & Oak; the new building is even named after Coleman.

"We are who we are and what we are because of Rev. Coleman and the starts that he made in this community," says Rev. Seymore.

But as for the old building, Rev. Seymore has only one thing to say: "Want the city to know and anyone else to know that we did not walk off from that building."

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