Joe Louis Monument

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  • Address: Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226, Downtown Detroit, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Monument, Square, Architecture

The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as "The Fist" is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza. It is a gigantic 24-foot-long (7.3 m) arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) pyramidal framework. This monument is one of Detroit's iconic symbols and merits a visit.

This iconic sculpture commissioned by Sports Illustrated and was built in 1986. According to the monument's sculptor Robert Graham, 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.

In 2013, the value of the sculpture was between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.

How to Reach Joe Louis Monument

  • Bus No. 007, 010, 025, 034, 040, 048, 053, 125, 200 stop at Larned& Woodward
  • Bus No. 034, 125, 200, 255, 510, 515, 530, 560, 565, 580 stop at Griswald& Congress

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  • Joe Louis Monument Address: Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226, Downtown Detroit, United States
  • Joe Louis Monument Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Joe Louis Monument(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Joe Louis Monument: 00:30 Mins
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  • 11.02% of people who visit Detroit include Joe Louis Monument in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Joe Louis Monument visit around 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Joe Louis Monument


95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Joe Louis Monument

People normally club together Orchestra Hall and Michigan Science Centre while planning their visit to Joe Louis Monument.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Joe Louis Monument Reviews & Ratings

  • My kids loved this fist! One of our favorite stops every time we visit. We try to get creative with posing. Dodging traffic is the only risk you’ll take to visit Joe’s solid knockout!

  • It was a fun 2 day trip to go see detroit from Toronto area. We were able to see all the attractions and stuff in just a day. Now compare to other cities in US, Detroit is a little old and run down but they have nice places to visit like belle isle island, Art galleries and nice eateries. But this place was under construction when we went if you go on the other side of the monument to Joe Louis then you can click pictures however no date on construction to be finished.

  • Beautiful statue, I first saw it from the road I took to get to my hotel. I knew that while I was in Detroit I would have to see this statue up close. The gold accents, green copper, and the white building behind, created a stunning effect that could leave sensitive tourists out of breath or shred a tear of joy.

  • Always been interested in visiting to take some cool pics. Wish it had a bit closer parking

  • As a fan of the videogame Detroit: Become Human (yes, I visited the monument purely because of the game, I am obsessed), it was amazing to see the monument in real life! It's located at a nice spot inbetween two roads, so you can go up next to it or walk back further and not have to worry about any cars.

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