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

Jesse Cleveland Owens

1913-1980

 
 
Jesse Cleveland Owens Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 8, 2015
1. Jesse Cleveland Owens Marker
Inscription. Jesse Owens track career started in high school when one day in gym class, the students were timed in the 60-yard dash. Coach Charlie Riley saw the raw, yet natural talent that young Jesse had and immediately invited him to run for the track team.

In high school, Jesse became a track star.
100-yard dash – 9.4 seconds (tied world record)
Tied world record again in interscholastic championship
Broad jump – 24 feet 9 5/8 inches (world record)

May 25, 1935 Big Ten Conference
Owens broke three world records and tied a fourth in a 70-minute span.
100-yard dash – 9.4 seconds (tied world record)
200-yard dash – 20.3 seconds (world record)
220-yard low hurdles – 22.6 seconds (world record)
Broad Jump – 26 feet 2½ inches (world record)

1936 Berlin Olympics
Four Gold Medals
100 meter dash – 10.3 seconds (tied world record)
200 meter dash -20.7 seconds (Olympic record)
100 meter relay – first leg – 39.8 seconds (Olympics and world record)
Long Jump – 26 feet 5¼ inches (Olympic record)
(Jesse’s long jump record stood for over 25 years)

Test your skill. See if you can reach Jesse’s record of 26 feet 5¼ inches in the long jump.
 
Location.
Jesse Cleveland Owens Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 8, 2015
2. Jesse Cleveland Owens Marker
34° 26.252′ N, 87° 9.989′ W. Marker is in Danville, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of County Road 203 and County Road 187. Touch for map. The marker is located beside a long jump pit, where visitors are invited to try to break Jesse's record, on the grounds of the Jesse Owens Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 71019 County Road 203, Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streight's Raid (approx. ¾ mile away); Oakville Indian Mound (approx. ¾ mile away); Creek Indian Removal (approx. ¾ mile away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. ¾ mile away); Cherokee Council House Museum (approx. 0.8 miles away); Doublehead (approx. 0.8 miles away); Town of Oakville (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Jesse Owens Memorial Park & Museum. (Submitted on February 22, 2015.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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