Famous Beaufortonians: Joe Frazier

We mention the "Local History and Nature" pages regularly to highlight that aspect of our "Virtual BDC" services. In honor of Black History Month, we draw your attention to Beaufort's African American native sons and daughters who found prominence on a local, state, national, and international scene:

Joseph "Joe" Frazier (born in Beaufort, 1944 - died in Philadelphia, 2011): Frazier became a professional boxer after winning a heavyweight division gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. In 1968, he beat Buster Mathis to win the New York State Athletic Commission world heavyweight championship. Frazier fought Muhammad Ali three times, winning only the the first match. He retired from the ring in 1976 with a career record of thirty-two wins, four losses and one draw. He lived most of his adult life in Philadelphia, PA, dying there after a short bout with liver cancer on November 7, 2011. (updated 1.20.2012-gmc)

For a retrospective of his career, including links to videos of his fights with Ali, click here.

Hulu is running "Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears" at http://www.hulu.com/watch/322857/joe-frazier-when-the-smoke-clears. The documentary runs 1:11:26.

Most of the entries in the Local History and Nature pages were written by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator, (Retired) between 1997 and 2011.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.