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Jesse Owens

 
 
Jesse Owens Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
1. Jesse Owens Marker (front)
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
James Cleveland Owens was born in Alabama in 1913 and moved with his family to Cleveland at age nine. An elementary school teacher recorded his name "Jesse" when he said "J.C." It became the name he used for the rest of his life. Owens' dash to the Olympics began with track and field records in junior high and high school. Owens chose The Ohio State University without scholarship, supporting himself by working many jobs, including one in the University Libraries. The pinnacle of his sports career came at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals, frustrating Adolf Hitler's attempt to showcase Aryan superiority. After his return, Owens found work as a playground director in Cleveland beginning his life work with underprivileged youth.

[Marker Reverse]:
Jesse Owens served as the personal representative of President Eisenhower at the 1956 Olympic Games, and, in 1976, President Ford presented him with the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the U.S. can bestow on a civilian. When Owens died in 1980, President Carter added his voice to tributes from around the world: "Perhaps no athlete better symbolized the human struggle against tyranny, poverty, and racial bigotry. His personal triumphs as a world-class athlete and record holder were the prelude to a career devoted to helping
Jesse Owens Marker </b>(back) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
2. Jesse Owens Marker (back)
others. His work with young athletes, as an unofficial ambassador overseas, and as a spokesman for freedom are a rich legacy to his fellow Americans."
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commissin, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 69-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 0.684′ N, 83° 1.713′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Touch for map. Marker is near the SW corner of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on The Ohio State University campus. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2450 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus OH 43210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Jesse Owens Track (here, next to this marker); Coach Woody Hayes (approx. 0.2 miles away); A. B. Graham and the 4-H Movement / Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Coach Woody Hayes (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Lane Avenue Bridges (approx. half a mile away); Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station
Jesse Owens Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
3. Jesse Owens Marker
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in background.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Freedom Brutus (approx. mile away); General Curtis E. LeMay (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkSports
 
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
4. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,940 times since then and 104 times this year. Last updated on October 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on October 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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