Ezzard Charles Statue in Laurel Park

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Ezzard Charles is a Cincinnati legend. More than a a heavyweight champion of the world, Ezzard Charles was a West End resident, entrepreneur,  renowned jazz enthusiast and a brilliant Renaissance man.  As a West End advocate in 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. 

Laurel Park serves as a gathering place and greenspace 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 projected cost of the project, including materials, bronze casting, artist fees, construction of a new plaza and the maintenance endowment is $275,000. The endowment will be used annually for maintenance and programming within Laurel Park. 

Currently we have raised 20% of our overall goal and we need your help!

Join us and #believeinezz. Help us meet our "Knockout Goal" of $10,000 by December.

Those who are wishing to make donations over $1,000 should contact jennifer@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org 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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  • Bettina Bellucci 
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    • $1,000 
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    • $100 
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Jennifer Spieser 
Organizer
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Park Foundation 
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