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Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra

Ezzard Charles, known as the “Cincinnati Cobra”, was a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, jazz musician and widely respected citizen of Cincinnati. Born in Georgia in 1921, Charles came to Cincinnati at the age of nine to live with his grandmother and great-grandmother in the West End. He began boxing as a teenager and quickly ascended the world of prize fighting, culminating with a heavyweight title against Jersey Joe Walcott in 1949, followed by an undisputed title over the legendary Joe Louis in 1950. He largely avoided the limelight of his profession, and worked quietly all his life to promote education and community responsibility. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. This mural, completed in August 2015, marks ArtWorks’ 100th mural completed since the program launch in 2007. Designer: Jason Snell Project Manager: Nathan Weikert Streetcar Stop: #13 Liberty and Race

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