Jesse Owens: 100 Years of Life and Legacy

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Dates: January 9 through May 5, 2013.  
Curated by:
The Ohio State University Archives

Standing Jesse Owens

This exhibition honors Jesse Owens in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.  It features material from the Jesse Owens Papers held at the University Archives.

Owens made history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals in track and field.  Owens spent much of his later life working with young people and serving as a goodwill ambassador for the Olympic movement and the United States.  His accomplishments will be explored in detail throughout the exhibit.  Highlights include Owens’ Olympic gold medals and diary, an Olympic torch from the 1936 Berlin Games, and Owens’ Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The exhibit will explore Owens’ legacy after his death in 1980 and explain his connection to today’s Olympic athletes.  Material from the 2012 London Olympics worn by an Ohio State University student-athlete will be included in the exhibit.

For more information, please contact Tamar Chute (; 614-292-3271).