Columbus Remembers boxing great Henry Armstrong

October 10th at 6 p.m. – “Friday Night Fights” An all pro boxing match at the Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at Miller’s Tae Kwon Do and at the door on fight night. For more information call Oliver Miller at (662) 364-3443.

October 13th at 1:30 – Historical marker honoring Henry Armstrong will be unveiled at the intersection of Wilkins-Wise Road and Waverly Road. Following will be a 1939 movie starring Armstrong at 2:30pm at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

As part of the upcoming celebrations to honor Columbus native and boxing great, Henry Armstrong (born Henry Jackson in 1912), Archivist Mona K. Vance along with members of the Henry Armstrong Dedication Committee have been busy working to research and clean up Frierson’s Cemetery.  The Cemetery, which is located next to where the Frierson’s Chapel and School used to sit (near corner of Wilkins-Wise Road and Waverly Road), is the site where Armstrong’s mother, America Fogg Jackson, and many other family members are buried.  Currently, the area is largely overgrown and abandoned except a few graves maintained by relatives of the Jackson family.  The cemetery, however, is scheduled to undergo a clean up project of the area over the weekend of October 10-13th with the help of The Columbus Air Force Base, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, and other community members.

The pictures show various trips to the area to survey the cemetery and surrounding area where Henry Armstrong was born and lived as a small child.

Inspecting Frierson’s Chapel Cemetery for clean up
Searching Cemetery for graves of Henry Armstrong’s Relatives
Tombstones covered in overgrowth
Surveying possible marker location at Waverly & Wilkins-Wise
Surveying possible marker location at Waverly & Wilkins-Wise

The Henry Armstrong Dedication Committee consists of: Brenda Caradine, Nancy Carpenter, Gwen Granderson, Glenn Lautzenhisor, Mike Lowery, Oliver Miller, Susie Shelton, James Tsismanakis, Mona Vance, and Rufus Ward.

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