Joe Louis, the full name Joseph Louis Barrow was born on May 13, 1914, near Lafayette, Alabama. Great-grandson of a slave and son of a sharecropper, Joe was the seventh son to his father Munn Barrow and mother Lilly Reese.
The initial life of Joe was filled with financial struggle. He father was succumbed to the hospital when Joe was very young of age. Some believe that his father wasn’t dead and followed through all of Joe’s later success years. Considering herself a widow, Joe’s mother Lilly remarries to Patrick Brooks, who had five kids of his own. He had very little education and by the time Joe was a teenager, he and his siblings had to work at odd jobs to help his mother to feed the family.
In 1924, Joe and his family shifted to Detroit where Joe joined the Ford Motor company as a laborer.