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Joe Donovan’s Detroit History: Happy Birthday Fist!

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National TV can’t show a sporting event from Comerica Park, Ford Field or Joe Louis Arena without including a shot of Detroit’s best known symbol, which shed its shroud 25 years ago.

What some decried in 1986 as a negative representation of belligerence and hostility has matured into an icon of a city that exhibits courage and strength even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, just as the Joe Louis fist’s creator hoped.

Hear the whole story in Joe Donovan’s Detroit History report:

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