Legislation Signed Declaring February 3rd Charles Follis Day

Legislation Signed Declaring February 3rd Charles Follis Day

  • 8/10/2018 3:03:24 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

COLUMBUS, OH - Governor Kasich recently signed legislation declaring February 3rd as "Charles Follis Day" in honor of the former Wooster resident Charles Follis, the first African American professional football player.

Follis was born in Virginia on February 3, 1879, but moved to Wooster as a young child. While in school Follis started the Wooster High School football program, and later he played professionally for the Shelby Blues in Richland County. Nicknamed "The Black Cyclone," Follis was a talented athlete that paved the way for black football players in America. In honor of his talent and accomplishments, Wooster High School named their field "Follis Field." Follis also once received a proclamation from the City of Shelby and has a placard at the Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame. He passed away in 1910 due to pneumonia and is currently buried in Wooster Cemetery.

Now, Governor Kasich honors Follis's memory by establishing "Charles Follis Day."

“This tribute to Charles Follis is wonderful for our area,” said State Representative Mark Romanchuk. “I really appreciate the members of Charles Follis’ family and others who took the time to come to Columbus to be a part of this special event.”

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