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From the vault: Muhammad Ali visits Jacksonville in 1980

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Family, friends and celebrities will pay tribute Friday to Muhammad Ali.

The world-renowned fighter died last week at the age of 74, but he began crafting details of his own funeral years ago.

A funeral procession at 9 a.m. Friday through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, Ali's hometown, will be followed by a public memorial service at 2 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

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In remembering the giant character of Ali, News4Jax went back to the Channel 4 archives to find a report that ran on our news in November 1980 when Ali visited Jacksonville while supporting Jimmy Carter's campaign.

The visit came after the Democratic convention that year.

Mark Wiskup the reporter on the Nov. 3, 1980, story said that Ali came with an entourage, and Wiskup remembered him being incredibly charming.

 

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