Historical Marker Placed In Front Of Brandeis’ Boyhood Home
Elsewhere in this blog, I discussed Louis D. Brandeis’ boyhood home at 310 E. Broadway, here in Louisville. I remember at the time I first visited the house being surprised that there were no markers outside of the house designating its history. At the time there was only an old newspaper article that was framed and hung in the lobby. And now there is a security guard stationed in the house to keep idlers like me from wandering in and sight-seeing. So the need for some kind of maker outside was more important than ever.
Apparently, Andrew Segal thought so as well. He was a high school student a couple years ago when he saw the house on Broadway as part of a tour. Bemoaning the lack of recognition for one of Louisville’s greatest sons, he started a two year campaign to raise the money and get the state legislature to place a historical marker. That campaign came to fruition on Sunday, December 2 at a public unveiling ceremony of the marker.
The ceremony was well attended with some 30-40 spectators, as well as a number of speakers. As well as Mr. Segal (who is now a freshman at the University of Louisville and a member of the law school’s Harlan Scholars program), there were speeches by Nelson Dawson of the Kentucky Historical Society, Allan Steinberg from Kesher Kentucky, Laura Rothstein, Metro Councilman David Tandy, Charles Tachau (the grandson of Louis’ brother Alfred) and Rabbi Joe Rooks-Rapport. There was even a surprise appearance by someone claiming to be Brandeis himself, who came by to thank the crowd and announce that the Senate had just confirmed his appointment to the Supreme Court. He was about 96 years too late for the announcement, but no one had the heart to tell him. Pictures of the speakers and the plaque are below.
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