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Jesse Owens Museum: The Birthplace of an American Hero

This museum in rural Alabama draws in tourists from around the world.

During the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Jesse Owens, the son of sharecroppers from rural Alabama, captured the attention of the entire world. He won 4 gold medals, an Olympic first. He broke world records.

And more than eighty years later, people from all over the world travel to a tiny town called Oakville, to the place where he was born and the museum that bears his name.

Jesse Owens Museum

The Jesse Owens Museum was dedicated in 1996 with the arrival of the Olympic torch on its journey to Atlanta. The museum features rare memorabilia and showcases the moments that made Owens’ an American icon and a beloved figure still to this day.

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Watch above as museum director Nancy Pinion guides you through the moments of Owens’ life and what its like to preserve his legacy for future generations.

For more information, visit them at their website here. There you’ll find a ton of resources including pictures, videos and new articles.

And be sure to stop by the museum. They’re open everyday and even take group reservations.