CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Camden legend is being immortalized.
City officials are unboxing an 8-foot statue of boxer Jersey Joe Walcott on the waterfront Saturday, along with a parade and noon ceremony to mark the occasion. As the mayor said, it's a proud day for the city.
Arnold Cream, also known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was a world heavyweight boxing champion, the oldest champion ever until George Foreman took that title. He held the title in 1951 and 1952.
Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen said Walcott's impact on the city is everlasting, beyond just representing Camden as a boxing champion.
"This man was [the first Black] sheriff in our community. This man was the chairman of the athletic commission of our state. This is one person that did three different outstanding things," he said. Walcott died in 1994.