Historic Markers Across Alabama

Jesse Cleveland Owens

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Location: Jesse Owens Memorial Park & Museum, 7019 County Road 203, Danville, AL
County: Lawrence
Coordinates: N 34° 26.252    W 087° 09.989
  34.43753333    -87.16648333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNC6K


Jesse Cleveland Owens

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 2 ½ 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)
400 meter relay – first leg – 39.8 seconds (Olympic and world record)
Long Jump – 26 feet 5 ¼ 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 5 ¼ inches in the long jump.

End of Jesse Cleveland Owens