Louisville's first female prosecutor honored
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It's a special honor for Louisville's first female prosecutor whose life and career came to a tragic end. A portrait unveiled today of Alberta Jones will now have a place of honor opposite a gallery of 20th century Jefferson County attorneys.
Jones was the first African American woman to pass the Kentucky bar and the first female city attorney in Jefferson County. She was appointed in February 1965 to Louisville Domestic Court, and was murdered in August of that year.
Many believe her devotion to justice and equality may have cost Jones her life. Jefferson County Attorney Mike o'Connell says, "That devotion was evident from her active roles in the NAACP, the Louisville Urban League, as well as organizations she led, including those which empowered African Americans to exercise their most fundamental freedom at a time when it was unpopular and even dangerous to do so."
Jones' murder remains unsolved.
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