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Louisville leaders dedicate historical markers for civil rights movement

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Guides to the new trail will be available at Louisville's visitor's center. Guides to the new trail will be available at Louisville's visitor's center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Honoring Louisville's civil rights activists more than 50 years after demonstrations downtown, City leaders came together Monday to dedicate a trail of eleven historical markers -- many of them on Fourth Street.

"As I stand here, seeing the many faces of freedom fighters both young and old hear me acknowledge and applaud the fight of the old guardians of the civil rights movement, especially those that were here in Louisville," student activist Ashley Belcher said. 

The plaques honor the students and adults who staged sit-ins at Louisville businesses that refused to serve black customers. The peaceful sit-ins eventually led to a city ordinance that desegregated Louisville's businesses in 1963.

Guides to the new trail will be available at Louisville's visitor's center.

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