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Danville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens

 
 
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Marker
Inscription. Born near this site 12 September 1913 to Henry Cleveland and Emma (Fitzgerald) Owens, who were sharecroppers and the offspring of freed slaves, Jesse was destined to attain immortality in the 1936 Olympic Games at Berlin, Germany. Although he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, at age 9, his early years here in Lawrence County, Alabama, helped mold his noble character. After high school, he enrolled at Ohio State where on 25 May 1935 at a Big Ten Conference meet, he broke and tied various world track and field records, thus beginning the legend. He married Minnie Ruth Solomon 10 August 1935. In August 1936, he achieved greatness, setting and tying several world records while winning four gold medals. Adolph Hitler, because of his racial views, stormed out of the arena refusing to present Jesse with his medals. He returned to the U.S. to a hero's welcome and a ticker tape parade. Due to the prevalent racism of the time however, he was able to obtain financial security only in later years. Four U.S. presidents honored him. Although he died 31 March 1980 at Tucson, Arizona, his memory will endure the ages.
 
Erected 2000 by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
 
Location. 34° 26.265′ N, 87° 10.184′ W. Marker is in Danville
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
2. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens
, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on County Route 203. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7019 Co Rd 203, Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jesse Cleveland Owens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streight's Raid (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oakville Indian Mound (approx. 0.6 miles away); Creek Indian Removal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cherokee Council House Museum (approx. 0.7 miles away); Doublehead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Oakville (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable PersonsSports
 
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Plaque on Statue image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
3. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Plaque on Statue
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Birth home restored image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
4. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Birth home restored
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Museum image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
5. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Museum
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Olympic Record Jump 26' 5 1/4" image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
6. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Olympic Record Jump 26' 5 1/4"
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
7. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Marker
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 13, 2010
8. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens Plaque
This plaque can be seen at the Sports Hall of Fame next to the Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
 
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