Muhammad Ali is a worldwide figure who has inspired millions all over the globe. He’s loved by many and his accomplishments in his career and personal life are very hard to ignore. Even though we share our hometown hero with the world, it’s selfish for us to admit we are glad Louisville, KY. is where Muhammad Ali calls home.
Ali’s childhood home was marked a historical landmark by the Kentucky Historical Society. Metro Councilman David Tandy was a strong supporter for this to take place. There was a ceremony filled with music and speeches by local governmental figures and family members such as the brother of Muhammad Ali, Rahman Ali. Bands from local schools played music as they walked the street of Grand Avenue located in the Parkland Neighborhood in Louisville’s West End. It was a celebration to highlight Louisville’s own.
This landmark comes at a time when violence in the West End area plagues the city. It shows that just because you come from a certain area where some may feel is the worst part of Louisville (totally false); you can still dream and achieve them. Muhammad Ali did just that and way more.
Derby goers have one more historical site to visit besides Churchill downs when they come to Louisville, Kentucky. Don’t forget 3302 Grand Avenue; it’s only the “greatest home of all time!”
Photo by Natasha Sud