Ellen Walker Craig-Jones was a politician and community hero for her hometown of Urbancrest, Ohio – remembered today as the nation’s first African-American woman to be publicly elected as mayor.
Growing up in Urbancrest – a small town of around 1,000 African-American residents – was difficult for Craig-Jones, as there was no quality drinking water or educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and little community support. So she dedicated her life to service.
During her administration (1972-1975), Urbancrest received three million-dollar grants for affordable housing. Craig-Jones also modernized water and sewer systems, improved roads and advocated for civic organizations, quality education and youth programs.
– Amanda Fox, The 100 Companies