Smokin’ Joe Frazier Receives the Order of the Palmetto

Governor Mark Sanford Presents South Carolina’s Highest Civilian Award to Former Heavyweight Champion of the World

September 30, 2010

Smokin’ Joe Frazier accepting the Order of the Palmetto.

Joseph William “Joe” Frazier received The Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford Monday evening to a packed crowd under the pavilion at The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of South Carolina. It is the highest honor given to those individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of service and achievement. Past recipients have been General William Westmoreland, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., civil rights leader Rosa L. Parks, and authors Pat Conroy and James Dickey.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier became the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World in Boxing in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali in the highly-anticipated “Fight of the Century” in 1971.

From Left: Governor Sanford, Larry Holmes, George Kalinsky, Charles Singleton, Les Wolff and Joe Frazier (sitting).

Joe has a huge reservoir of goodwill and many of his supporters attended the ceremony on September 27. Heavyweight Champion, Larry Holmes and longtime Madison Square Garden photographer, George Kalinsky were just a few of the well wishers who attended the ceremony and spoke on Frazier’s behalf.

Also speaking to congratulate the former Olympic and Heavyweight Boxing Champion were local businessmen Matt McAlhany and John Trask III, who was also the Master of Ceremonies, former Mayor Henry C. Chambers, former student of Joe Frazier and boxer, Charles Singleton, Business Manager of Joe Frazier, Les Wolff, Senator Tom Davis, Mayor Billy Keyserling and, of course, Governor Mark Sanford.


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