Minera's Belt

Minera's Gold Belt

Although the expected head-to-head contest between strongwomen Minerva and Yucca never took place, Minerva more than once proved herself worthy of this championship belt. The belt was commissioned by Richard K. Fox, publisher of the Police Gazette, and features his image on the front medallion. The inscription reads "Presented to Minerva by R.K. Fox, Property of the New York Gazette December 16, 1893" and "Minerva The Police Gazette Champion Strong Woman of the World." Read more about Minerva's surprising life at Stark Center's website.

Terry and Jan Todd Collection, The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports, The University of Texas at Austin.