Trip: Owens Monument
by Patsy Body
Special to The Star
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Photo: Patsy Body/Special to The Star
Photo: Patsy Body/Special to The Star
This year, 2013, marks the 100th birthday of Jesse Owens who stunned the world in 1936 when he won four Olympic gold medals in track and field in the Berlin, Germany, Olympic Games. Jesse, the son of an Alabama sharecropper was born and grew up in Lawrence County, Alabama, in the Oakville community near Moulton. When he was eight his family migrated north for better opportunities. He attended Ohio State where he excelled athletically and qualified for the 1936 Olympic track and field team.

A museum is located near his birthplace. It is filled with photos, videos and other memorabilia from his sports days and his later years as a humanitarian. A bronze sculpture of Owens is located in the park on the museum grounds. The sculpture was created by sculptor Branko Medenica; it measures 14 feet tall and 10 feet wide and weighs one ton.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1:30-5 p.m. The park is always open. For more information call 256-974-3636 or visit

The museum is listed as one of the “Ten things you shouldn’t miss” in the Shoals area.
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