Newburg, Louisville

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Newburg is a former census-designated place in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 20,636 at the 2000 census. On January 6, 2003, The area was annexed to the city of Louisville due to a merger between the city and Jefferson County's unincorporated communities. Newburg is now a neighborhood within the city limits of Louisville.

It was settled in the 1820s by four German families, and was a small village called Newburgh a decade later. The 'h' was dropped and the modern spelling emerged as the name of the post office by the end of the 19th century.

Newburg has historically had a black population, once centered around the nearby Petersburg area, at the junction of Shepherdsville and Newburg Roads. By 1851, Eliza and Henry Tevis, a free black couple who owned slaves, operated a 40-acre (160,000 m2) farm in the area. After the civil war, freed blacks bought land in the area and started farms.

Into the 1900s, Petersburg and Newburg were still surrounded by farmland. Newburg at some point had become the chosen name for the area, most likely because it was the name of the post office. Suburban sprawl reached the area by the 1960s, and it became popular with middle-class blacks leaving the city for suburbs. The area remains predominantly black.

From 1982 to 1987, Newburg was an incorporated city, however it was an unpopular move and was eventually dissolved.

With the help of the Library Foundation and community support a new education and technology driven $1.9 million branch library was completed and opened in Newburg in August of 2009.



Newburg is located at 38°10′9″N 85°41′7″W / 38.16917°N 85.68528°W / 38.16917; -85.68528Coordinates: 38°10′9″N 85°41′7″W / 38.16917°N 85.68528°W / 38.16917; -85.68528 (38.169119, -85.685377)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.9 km² (5.7 mi²), all land.

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