In the wake of the Greensboro and Nashville sit-ins, Raul Cunningham united CORE and NAACP Youth Council to organize individuals to implement sit-ins, squat-ins, demonstrations, picketing, stand-ins, and more at downtown Louisville locations. This included restaurants, department stores, convenience stores, and more. Mostly high school students participated in demonstrations but adults were present as well. On April 24, 1961, one particular demonstration and sit-in was organized by Frank L. Stanley Jr. at the Blue Boar Cafeteria. Police stood by for about a hour while the demonstration took place and when they asked protesters to leave and they refused, 129 arrests were made on the charge of breaching the peace.
The Blue Boar is one of the many sites of sit-ins and demonstrations documented and land-marked because of the violent history associated with it. Many protesters were targeted by merchant policemen and customers. Prior to demonstrations, only 10 of 135 restaurants would provide service for people of color. After the demonstrations, only another 24 opened their doors for all. It was not until 1963 that the remaining 111 restaurants opened their doors for everyone due to legislation. After the 1960s, these restaurants started to decline and by the 1980s many has closed due to fast food chains and urbanization.