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"J. B. Speed Memorial Museum
Louisville, Kentucky"

James Breckinridge Speed , whose former home still stands at the corner of Garvin Place and Ormsby Avenue in Old Louisville, was one of Louisville's most prominent citizens until his death in 1912 at age 68.  Besides being a philanthropist, he was a great collector of fine arts and sculpture, which well he could afford with his income from his many concerns, including a railway company, telephone company, cement company, cotton mills and several coal companies.  To honor his memory, his children established the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville in 1925, and his widow, Hattie Bishop Speed, the J. B. Speed Memorial Art Museum in 1927.

The museum, located behind the Confederate Monument on the edge of the University of Louisville campus, remains the finest art museum in the region with a varied collection ranging from European masters to ethnic and modern works.
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