Woodward Avenue - The Fist - Detroit, Michigan.
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N 42° 19.714 W 083° 02.686
17T E 331527 N 4688282
Quick Description: Monument to Joe Louis, Detroit's most loved Sportsman. A gift from Sports Illustrated to the people of Detroit. The Boxers Fist sculpture can be found on the median of Woodward Avenue, near its Southern terminus at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 9:30:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMM4AD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
As a tribute to Detroit native World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, a giant FIST monument was installed in the middle of Woodward Avenue, Hart Plaza, in 1987. Designed by sculptor Robert Graham, the 24-foot long arm-and-fist is suspended above the ground from a bronze pyramid frame.
Woodward Avenue (M-1) - The Automotive Heritage Trail - All American Road • Michigan. Just 27 miles long can be driven in a few hours but It took us 2 days to enjoy a few of the attractions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as "The Fist", is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza.
Dedicated on October 16, 1986, the sculpture, commissioned by Sports Illustrated magazine from the Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham, is a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) pyramidal framework.

It represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring. Because of his efforts to fight Jim Crow laws, the fist was symbolically aimed toward racial injustice. Graham referred to the sculpture as a "battering ram" Text Source: (visit link)

"If Broadway = Theater and Rodeo Drive = High Fashion and Jewelry, then Woodward = the Automobile. The Motor City, and in particular, Woodward Avenue, put the world on wheels. America's automobile heritage is represented along this byway in famed industrial complexes, office buildings, residential mansions, world-renowned museums, and cultural institutions." Text Source: (visit link)

Images of The Fist: (visit link)
Program: America's Byways

Website: [Web Link]

Official Name: Woodward Avenue (M-1)

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