On Wednesday, January 31, 2007, Joe Louis' famous boxing gloves were donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Listen to the BlackHistoryPeople.com production of Joe Louis' historic second fight with Max Schmeling.
A Windsor, Ontario Canada collector donated the gloves (worn in the first Louis - Schmeling encounter, which Louis lost).
The family making the donation had the gloves in their possession for over 70 years!
The Smithsonian already had the towel tossed in the ring to end the June 1938 rematch, along with other related items.
As a special Black History Month treat, listen to our special production featuring my narration and hear how Joe Louis made boxing history.