The Government of Canada recognizes the national historic significance of Larry Gains for his accomplishments in the boxing world while combatting racial discrimination that limited his opportunities for success

Media advisory

October 30, 2023                        Toronto, Ontario                    Parks Canada

Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada are commemorating the national historic significance of Larry Gains (1900 – 1983).

Larry Gains was one of the most talented boxers in the first half of the twentieth century, and his career was impacted by the racial barriers upheld in the sport during his career. As we commemorate Larry Gains’ achievements, we can better understand the challenges faced by black boxers and other athletes who have had to contend with additional hurdles due to racial discrimination throughout history.

Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.


The details are as follows:


Date:                Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Time:               Ceremony starts at 12 p.m. (EDT)
                         Media are asked to arrive at 11:45 a.m.

Location:         Cabbagetown Boxing Club
                          2 Lancaster Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1C1



Information and RSVP:
Hayley Lashmar, Communications Officer
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada

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