Published on Dec 11, 2013
On July 16, 2010, Scott Gampfer, Director of the Cincinnati History Library and History Collections, interviewed William L. Mallory Sr. (Oct. 4, 1931 - Dec. 10, 2013) at Cincinnati Museum Center as part of the StoryCorps project.
Mallory was instrumental in creating the Cincinnati we know today, helping draft legislation to fund Riverfront Stadium and Fountain Square and serving as a co-chairman on the committee that created what is now the Metro. His lawsuit charging discrimination in the election of county judges resulted in the establishment of 14 judicial districts, leveling the field for African-American candidates. He instilled the importance of public service on his six children, five of whom serve in local government on some level, including former mayor Mark Mallory.
His public service spanned nearly seven decades, beginning in high school and growing to include tenures on the West End Community Council, Ohio Elections Commission, and 28 years in the Ohio House of Representatives. Perhaps most importantly, he helped save Union Terminal and pave the way for its transformation into an educational and cultural icon of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Museum Center.
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