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 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.
To install the statue by October, we must reach our Phase 1 "Statue Fundraising Goal" by May of 2020.
As of February 2020:
Fundraising is 68% to the Phase 1 "Statue Fundraising Goal"
Fundraising is 44% to the Phase 2 "Entire Project Goal"
Join us and #believeinezz. Help us meet our "Knockout Goal" of $10,000 from individual donors.
Those who are wishing to make donations over $1,000 should contact email@example.com to learn more about how to make large donations and the donation benefits.
Pictured above: Two boys enjoying Ezz Fest in Laurel Park. Ezz Fest celebrates Ezzard Charles and his legacy with live music, food and art.
Pictured above: West End residents hold up #believeinezz posted in Laurel Park.
Pictured above: Ezzard Charles II sits with a bust of his father.
Learn more about us and this project at: https://cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/
- Sean Grace
- Brian Richmond
- Scott Laing
- Jennifer Buchholz
- Ed Dadosky