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, and leading a GoFundMe fundraiser for neighborhood donations. Our "Knockout Goal" of $10,000 from small-dollar, individual donations will help us hit our overall fundraising goal of $287,500.

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 total project cost is approximately $287,500 and includes two phases.
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"

Join us, and #believeinezz.

Those who are wishing to make donations over $1,000 should contact [email redacted] to learn more about how to make large donations and the donation benefits. 

41328768_1565883348268544_r.jpegPictured above: Two boys enjoying Ezz Fest in Laurel Park. Ezz Fest celebrates Ezzard Charles and his legacy with live music, food and art.

41328768_1565883362559971_r.jpegPictured above: West End residents hold up #believeinezz posted in Laurel Park.

41328768_156588348352223_r.jpegPictured above: Ezzard Charles II sits with a bust of his father.

Learn more about us and this project at: https://cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/


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  • Michael Silver 
    • $20 
    • 24 d
  • Benjamin May 
    • $20 
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    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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    • $30 
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Jennifer Spieser 
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Park Foundation 
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