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Image description: Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and robe.

Ali gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired the items for an exhibition on the American Bicentennial, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become “the most famous thing in this building.”
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Image description: Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and robe.

Ali gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired the items for an exhibition on the American Bicentennial, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become “the most famous thing in this building.”

Browse collections of the National Museum of American History pertaining to Sports & Leisure