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Joe Louis Statue

See an 8 foot statue of boxing great Joe Louis, who was born in Lafayette, and visit Chambers County Museum nearby to see related a exhibit and other memorabilia.

Joe Louis, whose given last name was Barrow, was born in rural Chambers County and lived there until early adolescence, when his family moved to Detroit. Louis was world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and his exploits were a great source of pride to black Americans. But his exploits in the ring — particularly his first-round knockout of German Max Schmeling in June 1938 — managed to excite many others in the country.

With a base of granite, the statue stands 10 feet off the ground, cast by Diversified MetalSmiths Inc of Opelika.

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