Ezzard Charles Statue in Laurel Park
Ezzard Charles is a Cincinnati legend. More than a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ezzard Charles was a West End resident, entrepreneur, renowned jazz enthusiast, and a brilliant Renaissance man. A West End advocate during his life, he now represents honor, dignity, respect, and strength.
This is why we are erecting a statue to commemorate the legacy of Ezzard Charles in Laurel Park.
Laurel Park serves as an important greenspace and gathering place for the West End community. Who better to be represented within this Cincinnati park than Ezzard Charles? West End residents will see him standing tall on the street named for him, connecting and respecting the neighborhood’s history, and inspiring today’s young people.
Local artist John Hebenstreit is sculpting the 13-foot statue. Mr. Hebenstreit was previously selected to create the Black Brigade monument at the John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park.
The Ezzard Charles Statue
Phase 1 “Statue Fundraising Goal”: Includes materials, bronze casting, artist fees, construction of a new plaza, and installation.
Phase 2 “Entire Project Goal”: Includes all Phase 1 costs, a maintenance endowment, on site signage, and park programming.We aim to install the statue by mid-2021. To date, our campaign is:
68% to the Phase 1 “Statue Fundraising Goal”
44% to the Phase 2 “Entire Project Goal”
How You Can Help
About Ezzard Charles
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