Make no mistake, Louisville is the City of Ali.
The legacy of “The Greatest” can be followed from his childhood home in the Parkland neighborhood to Freedom Hall — where he had his first professional fight — to the Muhammad Ali International Airport, just to name a few.
In the coming weeks, his legacy will continue to be recognized via 36 pole banners along Muhammad Ali Boulevard, between 2nd and 18th streets, leading to the Kentucky Center of African American Heritage.
The banners feature six different photos of Ali, reflecting each of his core principles: confidence, conviction, dedication, respect, giving, and spirituality.
“He’s a global icon for all the right reasons,” Ali’s widow, Lonnie, said at the banner unveiling. “He made Louisville proud and never failed to tell people he was from Louisville, Kentucky — Muhammad’s legacy is Louisville’s legacy.”
The installation comes from a partnership between Louisville Tourism and the Muhammad Ali Center.