‘Alberta’s Louisville’ — Pioneering attorney and civil rights leader to receive Hometown Heroes banner next month

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“The next “Hometown Heroes” banner in downtown Louisville will be unveiled in September, honoring pioneering attorney and civil rights leader Alberta Jones, whose life was tragically cut short at 34 years old in 1965.

In 1959, Jones became the first African-American woman to pass the Kentucky bar exam, then became the first female prosecutor in the state in 1965, handling domestic abuse cases in Louisville. She was the first attorney of Muhammad Ali, negotiating his first professional boxing contract in 1960. Jones also established the Independent Voters Association, through which she led drives to register thousands of African-American voters in Louisville and education campaigns on how to use the voting booths.

Just five months after becoming a prosecutor, Jones was abducted from her car, beaten and thrown off the Sherman Minton Bridge. No one was ever arrested for her murder, though LMPD recently announced that it was reinvestigating the cold case due to possible new leads.”

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