Ezzard Charles Statue Groundbreaking Kicks Off 4 th Annual Ezz Fest in Laurel Park

  • October 09, 2021
  • 10:00 AM
  • 500 Ezzard Charles Drive, 4521

Organization: Cincinnati Parks

CINCINNATI – The Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, West End Community Council, Cincinnati Parks and Cincinnati Parks Foundation invite you to join in celebration of the official groundbreaking for the statue honoring the life and legacy of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and favorite son of Cincinnati’s West End, Ezzard Charles, to be erected and dedicated in Laurel Park in 2022.

This project is only possible thanks to the generosity of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation—as well as several other community partners. CHAATRIK Architecture & Urban Design is designing the plaza, the statue was sculpted by John Hebenstreit. To learn more about the project and the complete list of donors, click here.

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, Ceremony at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 4th Annual Ezz Fest, Laurel Park (500 Ezzard Charles Drive, 45214)


Ezzard Charles II

The City of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Park Board

Cincinnati Parks Foundation

State of Ohio

Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Following the brief ceremony at the statue’s future site within Laurel Park at 10am, please feel free to enjoy the 4th Annual Ezz Fest—the West End’s arts, athletics, and music festival celebrating Ezzard Charles’ contributions to the West End’s rich history.

Festivities include a community picnic, live music, boxing activities, a family fun area, and local vendors. The event is sponsored by Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Cincinnati Parks, FC Cincinnati, the Development Fund of the West End and the Maschmeier Boys and Girls.

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