Herman Maxwell's Senior Portrait

Herman Maxwell has a special place in the history of Shades Cahaba. He was one of the first children to integrate Shades Cahaba Elementary School during the 1967-1968 school year. This didn’t just happen overnight, and Herman tells the story of how his parents prepared him for that day.

Herman moved on to junior high and then high school, where he played on the first state championship football team at Homewood High School in 1974. Soon after, he went from a championship team to a less successful University of Louisville team.

Listen to his story as Herman tells us what it was like to be at Shades Cahaba at this pivotal time and how it prepared him for the rest of his education and beyond.