Jessie Baker, 1951

Jessie Baker 1951, n.d.
Drawing from “Jessie Baker”
Story in The Times and Life on Henry Street (2012), p. 30
Ink and colored pencil on paper
Collection of David Ramey, Jr. © All rights reserved

“Jessie Baker was a prize fighter; pretty good I was told. But later on during his boxing career, he lost one of his eyes in a boxing match. Shortly after that, Jessie opened a gym on Salem Avenue downtown in Roanoke. It was called

PAL—Police Athletic League. Jessie trained young men how to box and self-defense.”

The Times and Life on Henry Street (2012)