Tommy “Franco” Thomas is without question one of the most beloved sons of Clarksburg, and for the past month, a special exhibit featuring memorabilia from his extraordinary professional boxing career has been on display at the Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Clarksburg. While an exact closing date for the exhibit has not been determined, the convention bureau says, “it won’t be here for long, so please come enjoy it while you can!”
The exhibit is open from 10AM to 2PM, Monday through Friday, but will be closed on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1. It will reopen on Monday, January 4.
From 1979-86, Thomas was the West Virginia Heavyweight Boxing Champion and was at one point ranked No. 6 by the World Boxing Council. At one point in his career, he was ranked two spots above legendary boxer Joe Frazier. After his boxing career, Thomas served the community as a Clarksburg city police officer, and for 15 years served as the local D.A.R.E. officer. D.A.R.E. is “a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.”
With just a short time until the exhibit will close, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this piece of West Virginia history. For more information and updates regarding the exhibit, visit the Explore Clarksburg Facebook page.