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Posted on: Monday, February 22, 2010

Boxing: Alabama hometown to unveil statue of Joe Louis


Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, Ala. ó Joe Louisí hometown plans to unveil a statue of the boxing great on Saturday.

The eight-foot bronze statue is on a base of Alabama red granite and will be erected outside the Chambers County Courthouse in LaFayette.
The boxerís son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., and other family members are expected to attend the unveiling in the town of about 3,000, some 80 miles east of Montgomery.
Residents raised about $60,000 over three years to honor Louis.
Fundraiser James Hardy says people mostly know of Louisís days growing up in Detroit and arenít aware that he lived in LaFayette until he was 10. Heís hoping the statue will remedy that.
In Detroit, a 24-foot bronze arm and fist was sculpted in his honor in the 1980s, and the NHLís Red Wings play in Joe Louis Arena.