Today's Articles

People, Locations, Episodes

Sun, 03.20.1853

George Godfrey, Canadian Boxer born

George Godfrey

*George Godfrey was born on this date in 1853. He was a Black Canadian boxer.

From the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) neighborhood known as “The Bog” he left P.E.I. in his youth and worked as a porter in Boston, Massachusetts. It was there that he started training to box at Professor Bailey’s Hub City gym.  At age 26, Godfrey began fighting competitively in the bare knuckles tour.

He and made his professional boxing debut at Harry Hill’s notorious music hall, winning his first fight. At 5’ 10" in height and 175 pounds in weight, George "Old Chocolate" (his nickname) Godfrey went on to become the World Colored Heavyweight Champion, fighting in more than 100 bouts. George Godfrey died August 18, 1901.

To become a Professional Athlete


Archives of Nova Scotia,
6016 University Avenue,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with... WE WEAR THE MASK by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Read More