The Ohio State University Archives Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Jesse Owens’ Birth

The University Archives will honor Jesse Owens with an exhibition titled “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Jesse Owens: 100 Years of Life and Legacy” from January 9 – May 5, 2013.  The exhibit will be held in the William Oxley Thompson Library Gallery and will feature material from the Jesse Owens Papers.

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.

Additional information on Owens and his life are also available from the Archive’s web site.

The Thompson Library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue Mall at The Ohio State University.  Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

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

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