The Associated Press is reporting that the boyhood home of boxing greatness Muhammad Ali is up for sale in his childhood hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Owner Steve Stephenson said Monday he’s asking $50,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang. The house is situated along a tree-lined western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.
A sign in front of the house says it is for sale by owner. Stephenson declined to provide further details.
The house is assessed at $23,260, according to the Jefferson County Property Value Administrator’s website.
In front of the one-story home is a state historical marker recognizing the residence as Ali’s boyhood home, when he was known as Cassius Clay. The marker says Ali lived in the mostly black neighborhood with his parents and brother and attended local public schools.
It was at the home where the future boxing champion’s “values were instilled,” the marker says.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the city has an interest in preserving the home of a world-famous native son.
“Anything we can do to preserve and expand his legacy, we want to do that,” Fischer said Monday before an appearance elsewhere in the city. “His home serves as an inspiration for people to look at that and say, “If this young guy, why not me?”
By the time I finish typing this sentence, the house will be sold, I’m sure.
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