Joe Louis
"Pur-raise Gawd fur vittory!"


Joe Louis hovers over Hitler Favorite Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, in June 1938.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1914

Date of Death: April 12, 1981

Parents: The son of an Alabama Sharecropper, called Mun Barrow, stepfather moved them to Detroit in 1924. Information on his mother was not able to be found.

Education: Attended vocational schools up to the age of seventeen and took violin lessons, and later attended trade school.

Honors and Awards: Only boxer to retire with his championship belt. Won National Light Heavy Weight Amateur Crown of the Golden Gloves at nineteen years old.


Joe Louis Barrow was a Cinderella story in the 1930s. He was born to an Alabama sharecropper and struggled with poverty for his entire life. He attended school and with the money his mother had been giving him for violin lessons, he began taking boxing lessons. He had a rough start with his amateur career, but he continued his training and once he became professional he was able to become one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. As other African-Americans watched him develop and prosper, he became a folk hero for them, with his way of training he broke stereotypes. He became a symbol for work ethic, honesty, and fair play to the people that admired him. Finishing his professional boxing career with a 65-34-2 record.

James J. Braddock vs. Joe Louis. Chicago July 22, 1937.

Monument dedicated to Joe Louis. Located in Detroit, Michigan. Named "The Fist of Champions."

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