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McFarland State Park in Florence to host Zora Folley lecture

Chandler boxer fought Ali when the country was divided

Posted 1/12/22

It was March 27, 1967, at Madison Square Garden. In one corner stood boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In the other corner stood his competitor, Zora Folley, from Chandler.

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McFarland State Park in Florence to host Zora Folley lecture

Chandler boxer fought Ali when the country was divided

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It was March 27, 1967, at Madison Square Garden. In one corner stood boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In the other corner stood his competitor, Zora Folley, from Chandler.

Hear their story at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at McFarland State Park, 24 W. Ruggles St., in historic Florence.

“Bigger Than Boxing: Zora Folley” will discuss how Ali and Folley fought for the heavyweight championship of the world at a time when the country was divided — and they were at the center of it all.

The special presentation is part of ‘Ernest Talks,” the new thought-provoking speaker series at McFarland Historic State Park. The series covers a wide variety of subjects relevant to Florence and surrounding Pinal County.

The event is free. Coffee, water and light snacks will be served. Donations benefitting McFarland State Park and the Florence Youth Boxing Foundation are welcome.

For more information or to RSVP, call 520-868-4496 or email florencechamber@gmail.com.

McFarland Historic State Park, part of the Arizona Parks System, is named for Arizona stateman and Florence resident, Ernest W. “Mac” McFarland (1894–1984).

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