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Joe Gans 150th


The Joe Gans 150th Celebration commemorates the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Joe Gans, the first African American world champion in the sport of boxing and Baltimore’s native son. From November 2024 to November 2025, this year-long celebration honors his historic achievements and profound impact on Baltimore. Through a diverse array of events including educational programs, community activities, sporting events, preservation initiatives, and more, Baltimore City will pay tribute to Gans's journey and explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city. 

Celebrate 150 years of inspiration, resilience, and impact, ensuring that Gans's legacy continues to inspire generations to come.

About Joe Gans

JOE GANS - "The Old Master"

The eyes of the world are on you...

Joe Gans was a revered American professional boxer known as the "Old Master" for his tactical and scientific approach to the sport. Born in Baltimore City, Gans made history by becoming the first African American to win a world title in boxing, securing the world lightweight title by knocking out Frank Erne in one round at Fort Erie, Ontario. His strategic brilliance and early adoption of the "scientific" approach to boxing solidified Gans as one of the greatest lightweight fighters of all time. 

Learn About The Legend



Explore our diverse lineup of events designed to engage, educate, and inspire!

Join us for a series of unforgettable events honoring the remarkable legacy of Joe Gans and celebrating 150 years of his enduring impact on Baltimore. 


Get Involved

Be a part of the Joe Gans 150th Celebration and help us make history! There are many ways you can get involved and contribute to the success of this momentous event.

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Become a Celebration Sponsor

Showcase your support for Joe Gans and Baltimore's rich cultural heritage by becoming a sponsor of the celebration. Choose from a range of sponsorship packages offering unique benefits and promotional opportunities.
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Stay up to date on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and all things Joe Gans! 
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Spread The Word!

Help us spread the word about the celebration by sharing our website, events, and social media posts with your friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can ensure that the Joe Gans 150th Celebration reaches as many people as possible.
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Volunteer for the

Joe Gans 150th Celebration

Join our dedicated team of volunteers and help us organize and execute various events throughout the celebration. Whether you have a few hours to spare or want to commit to a longer-term role, there's a place for you on our team.
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Friends of Joe Gans

"Old Master" Club

Goldfield Club

Ringside Honors Society

Ring of Champions

Legacy Promoter


Get In Contact

Have questions about the Joe Gans 150th Celebration or want to get in touch with our team? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to us using the contact information below:


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