Walter Hutchins Obituary, Kentucky historian Walter Hutchins dies at 91
- by Alex Danvers
Walter Hutchins Obituary, Death – The death of Walter Hutchins, a historian from Louisville, Kentucky, was confirmed in a statement that was shared on social media by the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Hutchins passed away at the age of 91. “It is with a sorrowful heart that we share the news of the demise of a cherished member of the community, Baba Walter Hutchins. “Walter was a dedicated KCAAH board member who volunteered his time and wisdom,” the organization noted in the message that was published on Friday on their Facebook page. The circumstances surrounding Hutchins’ passing have not been made public at this time.
According to the Courier-Journal, Hutchins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1931, although he remained in Louisville for the majority of his life. There, he became famous for releasing yearly calendars and annual booklets on Black cultural events in the state for nearly three decades. During Black History Month, the calendar featured Black lecturers, Black performers, and highlighted Black cultural activities that were taking place across the country.
According to the Courier-Journal, Hutchins first made the brochure available at Republic Banks and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before he distributed it to all of the branches of the Louisville Free Public Library. He was awarded the Heritage Award by the Louisville Historical League in 2005. This award is presented to people and organizations “who have contributed to local history in a major manner since 1977,” and he was one of the recipients of this award.
The graduate of Penn State University once discussed his participation in the Civil Rights Movement in an interview with the Kentucky Oral Society. He stated, “I was with CORE, which is the Congress of Racial Equality for people who don’t remember.” And the primary focus of our work was on ensuring that everyone has access to fair and adequate housing, as well as any type of housing. During those years, in the early 1960s, this was our primary area of concentration.
According to the Courier-Journal, in 2016, he collaborated with local historians to develop a 22-stop self-guided tour of Louisville’s civil rights history. In a post on Facebook, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage stated that a person who “never actually died” and “crosses into eternal life as an ancestor” because they “lived a life” akin to Hutchins’s “never truly died.”
Walter Hutchins Obituary, Death – The death of Walter Hutchins, a historian from Louisville, Kentucky, was confirmed in a statement that was shared on social media by the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Hutchins passed away at the age of 91. “It is with a sorrowful heart that we share the news of the…