Tuesday August 3, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today helped unveil 11 new murals recognizing prominent Louisvillians that will be displayed on buildings throughout the community over the next 18 months.
The murals, part of the Greater Louisville Pride Foundation initiative, recognize current or former Louisville residents who have been recognized for excellence in their fields. Murals honoring Muhammad Ali, former Olympian Mary T. Meagher Plant and former NPR Morning Edition host Bob Edwards, among others already hang on buildings throughout the community.
During a news conference next to the Mary T. Meagher Plant sign at Norton Suburban Hospital, Abramson unveiled 11 renderings of murals that will be displayed in the coming months. Meagher Plant won three gold medals in swimming in the 1984 Olympics.
“The Greater Louisville Pride effort recognizes and remembers Louisvillians and their significant accomplishments,” Abramson said. “It also should serve as inspiration for those who today are dreaming about what the future might hold for them as they pursue their craft and their passions.”
New honorees will include:
· Phil Simms, former New York Giants Super Bowl winning quarterback
· ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer
· Tori Murden, who successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean
· Allan Houston, former Ballard Bruin and current NBA player
· Derek Anderson, former Doss High star and current NBA player
· Darrell Griffith, former Male High and University of Louisville star and NBA player
· Sue Grafton, mystery writer
· Louis Brandeis, former Supreme Court Justice
· Lance Burton, internationally renowned magician
· Paul Hornung, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star for the Green Bay Packers
· Bud Hillerich, from the founding family of The Louisville Slugger
Abramson said he is encouraging corporate sponsors and building sites to display the murals over the next 12 to 18 months. Interested parties can contact Louisville Pride through board member Mike Sheehy at 584-1900.
The Greater Louisville Pride Foundation started in 2001 with a handful of civic leaders who were looking for ways to honor prominent Louisvillians as a way of increasing community pride. The first mural to be displayed was Muhammad Ali in 2002 at the LG&E corporate headquarters downtown. Seven murals are currently displayed throughout the community.
The former Board of Alderman provided seed money of $25,000 to launch the initiative. The program continues through corporate sponsorships and donated services.