A Kentucky lawmaker who was the first to head the state legislative ethics board and served as House speaker during the 1960s will be honored with a historical marker in his hometown of Benton during a ceremony Friday.
Shelby McCallum was born in Tennessee in 1917 but moved to Benton in 1939, opening several theaters and founding WCBL in December 1954.
McCallum was state representative from 1952 to 1960 and 1962 to 1968, including serving as speaker from 1964 to 1968. The Kentucky Historical Society says he was the first chairman of the state legislative ethics board and presided over passage of civil rights legislation.
McCallum died in 1987.
The marker will be located at WCBL in Benton.