11 Aug Ezzard Charles Statue In Laurel Park Coming Soon!
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Cincinnati Parks Foundation is raising the funds to erect a bronze statue of African American, Cincinnati hero, Ezzard Charles, in the West End at Laurel Park. More than a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ezzard Charles was a West End resident, an entrepreneur, a renowned jazz enthusiast, and a brilliant Renaissance man. A West End advocate during his life, he now represents honor, dignity, respect, and strength. Local artist John Hebenstreit is currently 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.
More than a statue, this project has ignited the community and partnerships across the city. Each October, the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses host the annual Ezz Fest celebration, which features live jazz music, free food for the neighborhood, and family activities. MadTree Brewing, who also supports the Fall Releaf program, has joined the project by committing to donate more than 100 trees to the park and surrounding neighborhood. Cincinnati Bell will be installing free WiFi in Laurel Park for the West End community; more details will be announced soon.
Fundraising for the project is still ongoing and Cincinnatians are invited to join! If you would like to learn more on how to support this project, visit the Cincinnati Parks Foundation website at: https://cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/support/ezzardcharles/