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

Dave Albritton

1936 Olympic Silver Medalist / Morgan County Track & Field Legend

 
 
Dave Albritton (1936 Olympic Silver Medalist) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 21, 2020
1. Dave Albritton (1936 Olympic Silver Medalist) Marker
Inscription.  
1936 Olympic Silver Medalist
Morgan County native David Donald Albritton competed at the XI Olympics in Berlin, Germany and became the first Alabama native to win an Olympic track and field medal. During Olympic Trials on July 11, 1936 at Randall's Island in New York City, Albritton tied Cornelius Johnson for the World High Jump Record at 6 feet, 9¾ inches. They were the first African-Americans to set the world mark. During competition at the Olympic Games on August 2, 1936 in Germany, Johnson took the gold, Albritton won silver, and Delos Thurber earned bronze. Five minutes before they were to receive medals, German Chancellor Adolph Hitler and his entourage left the stadium. Newspaper headlines read “Hitler Snubs American Negro Winners.” The lore that Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens is incorrect. Owens competed for the first time on August 3, 1936. The Chancellor ignored the U.S. team that finished 1-2-3 in the high jump event.

Morgan County Track & Field Legend
David D. Albritton was born April 13, 1913 in Danville, Alabama. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his parents
Dave Albritton (Morgan County Track & Field Legend) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 21, 2020
2. Dave Albritton (Morgan County Track & Field Legend) Marker
Josephine and Peter Albritton, where he met Jesse Owens as a student and remained a lifelong friend. Albritton graduated from Ohio State University after the Olympic Games. Student athletes had working scholarships and Albritton was a page for the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. Albritton earned a B.S. degree in education and moved to Dayton, Ohio where he taught and also coached at Dunbar High School. As a coach, he led three teams to the Ohio State High School Championships. Albritton owned an insurance agency in Dayton for more than 30 years. In 1960, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives as a Republican from the 85th District in west central Ohio. Albritton became the first African-American to chair an Ohio House committee as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee in 1969. He completed six terms in the Ohio General Assembly. Dave Albritton died on May 14, 1994.
 
Erected 2013 by Alabama Tourism Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationGovernment & PoliticsSports.
 
Location. 34° 24.885′ N, 87° 4.833′ W. Marker is in Danville, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on State Road 36 0.1 miles east of Johnson Chapel
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 21, 2020
3. Dave Albritton Marker
Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5534 AL-36, Danville AL 35619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McKendree Cemetery and the Massey Community / Charles Christopher Sheats 1839-1904 (approx. 4½ miles away); Jesse Cleveland Owens (approx. 5.2 miles away); James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (approx. 5.3 miles away); Skirmish at Woodall's Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Streight's Raid (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oakville Indian Mound (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cedar Plains Christian Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Creek Indian Removal (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker is located at a small cemetery, Albritton is buried in Dayton, Ohio.
 
Also see . . .  The other Jesse Owens: The forgotten 1936 Berlin Olympic story of Alabama's David Albritton. From Alabama Media Group. Originally posted Jan. 13, 2019. (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
David Donald Albritton image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, 1936
4. David Donald Albritton
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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