Louisville pays tribute to 'The Greatest' at Muhammad Ali Center
People around the world are remembering the life of Muhammad Ali. In Louisville, people touched by him turned to the Muhammad Ali Center, where support poured in for Ali's family.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People around the world are remembering the life of boxing icon and Louisville native Muhammad Ali.
In Louisville, people touched by him are visiting the Muhammad Ali Center, where support poured in for Ali's family.
"The next thing you hear, he's gone. It's like well, wait a minute, he's gone, okay is this actually the truth and you start to see it's actually the truth, so that's why I'm here," said Deborah Thompson.
Signs, flowers and other items are part of a heartfelt memorial that has steadily grown outside of the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.
However, it may have been the grieving faces that best tell the story of what the man behind the gloves meant to people everywhere. "We've lost a treasure," is what one visitor said.
"We lost a great one, we lost a great one," Tiffany Adams said. Adams brought her son to the memorial. "He knows growing up that he can achieve anything that he wants to achieve and if he feels strongly about anything, take a stand and stand firm like Ali," Adams said.
The center saw visitors of all ages come through on Saturday.
"I'm 60 years old today and I wanted to come in and pay tribute to the greatest of all time. When I was 18, he came out of nowhere and just came up and gave me that touch on my head like he always did with everybody. And he was consoling me like everything was going to be alright," Jimmy Isaac said.
This just seemed like the place to come for many. "Just didn't know how to pay tribute. So, I sat home for about an hour. And I thought about it and decided to come out as well. And I found this little ornament I had because he was a patriot," Linda Thomas said.
"We're going to miss him, we're going to miss him a lot," another visitor said.
He's considered the greatest in boxing. However, it's his tough stance and kind soul that fans said will stand the test of time.
"Meant a lot, just like I said strength, and everything that we've had to overcome as a people and him being our voice," Adams said.
"I offered my hand and he hugged me. And that let me know that he was just like us," Thomas said.
"His hometown has been in love with him for many years because he was outspoken. He was willing to tell a story that some were not strong enough to do. Just think that he changed not only Louisville, Kentucky, he changed the world," were the words from one visitor.
Many said Ali had a spirit that the rest of the world can learn from.
"Just a standup individual who lived his beliefs and was not a hypocrite. He knew what he was and if people could just honor each other the way he did. The world would be better off," said one visitor.
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