214. Ludie Brown

Mrs. Ludie Brown (1909-1962)

Providing a Place for Those in Need

The home of Mrs. Ludie Brown at 720 N. Kennedy St. (now N. Apperson Way) was often the first stop in Kokomo for African Americans moving to the area. Many people came north from southern states in the great migration of the 1930s and 1940s in search of opportunity. Mama Ludie, as some called her, offered a temporary place to stay and guidance about getting a job or permanent housing. She was a connector.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she offered rooms and support for visiting young Black and Hispanic baseball players who were not allowed to stay in the city’s hotels. Early in her time as a homeowner, Ludie Brown even provided rooms for those who needed convalescence. Her home was a safe haven for many over the years. It stood where the parking lot for Second Missionary Baptist Church is today.

More information about Mrs. Ludie Brown:

Velvet by Holly Charles, Ludie's Great Granddaughter

Mrs. Ludie Brown on Ancestry.com