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Weymouth Falls / Southville (Danvers) / Hassett NS Archives document: Joe Hartnet and Sam Langford with Lynch's Shows http://ow.ly/hgLzO Highway 101, Route 340, Southville Road Distance from Metro Halifax 269 km (2 hr 50 min) Settled in 1784, Weymouth Falls is the birthplace of legendary boxer Sam Langford, the “Boston Terror” (1881–1956). At age 15 he made his boxing debut in his adopted home of Boston. Only 18 months later he defeated the World Lightweight Champion, Joe Gans. In 1906 Langford took on the Negro Heavyweight Champion, Jack Johnson, in a non-title fight. Although the victory for this battle went to Johnson, Langford earned the respect of Johnson and as a result he would never give Langford a rematch or allow him to fight for his heavyweight title. At 5’6”, having an arm span over 6 feet and a fist that packed a pulverizing punch, Langford was a formidable opponent. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, a year after his election into the Ring Magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame. He was the first non-champion ever to be so honoured. In 1972, Weymouth Falls erected a plaque to his memory in its community centre. And in 1996, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recognized his contribution to Canadian history by rating Langford as one of the top ten boxers of the 20th century. You can view the Sam Langford Commemorative Plaque along Weymouth Falls Road near the centre. Southville claims as its own noted African Nova Scotian artist Harold Cromwell. Born in Southville in 1919, Cromwell is considered by some to be one of the most important folk artists in Nova Scotia. For over 40 years Cromwell captured daily life in Weymouth and Weymouth Falls. Several of his works are on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)

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