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Muhammad Ali Continues Tour of Ghana

May 23, 1964 - Muhammad Ali, the world heavyweight boxing champ, visited Kumasi, Ghana’s 300-year-old second city, today and tried to move a sword planted about 250 years ago. Ali tried to pull out the sword for about five minutes, but he couldn’t do it.

The sword, according to legend, was planted at the spot now within the compound of a Government hospital by a priest.

When Ali, dressed in a richly woven Ghanaian-style toga, visited the hospital and learned about the sword, he did not believe the account.

Ali gave a boxing exhibition at Kumasi Stadium tonight for about 40,000 fans.



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