LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – They represent Louisville greats
“I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said.
But Shanklin says she knew someone was missing from these banners.
“I kind of want everybody to know who she is and what she's done and what accomplishments she did have in her short 34 years here on earth,” she said.
Shanklin's sister, Alberta Jones, was the first woman to pass the bar exam in Kentucky. She also helped a young Cassius Clay draft his first boxing contract.
“She has paved the way and now it is no longer time to be silent,” Nicole Martin, Jones’ granddaughter said.
Two weeks ago Shanklin found out her sister was approved to be on the next hometown hero banner. She says a friend reminded her that just was yet another accomplishment for her older sister.
“He said you know all the firsts that she's done in life, do you realize she will be the first black woman that hangs on a banner that has been recognized. That had never crossed my mind,” Shanklin said.
In August 1965, Jones was beaten unconscious and thrown over the Sherman-Minton Bridge. She was only 34 years old. 51 years later and her case is still unsolved. But Shanklin says she hopes the banner will help change that.
“I hope that cold case detectives will take a look at it and take more interest and go forward.”
A labor of love, whether she's fighting for answers in her sister's case or making sure she's never forgotten.
“I'm going to be proud. I tell you that. I'm a very proud sister,” Shanklin said.
Now that the banner has been approved Shanklin has to find the funding. It will take $8,000 to get the banner made. To raise the money, a GoFundMe page has been created. That link is https://www.gofundme.com/albertaslouisville
Shanklin hopes the banner will be hung near the courthouses downtown.