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Bellarmine College Basketball Team (Louisville, KY)

Bellarmine College [now Bellarmine University] had the first African American basketball players at a predominately white school in Kentucky. The players were 5'7" guard Theodore R. Wade, Jr. (1950-1951) and Franklin Freeman (1952-1953). Wade may have been mistaken for white: his mother was Irish and his father was African American and Native American. He left school before graduating and joined the Air Force. He later became a computer programmer in New York. For more see M. Story, "A barrier falls without a sound," Lexington Herald-Leader, 04/11/2004, Sports section, p. C2.

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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