James Cleveland Owens

James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, was born in Oakville, Alabama in 1913, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave.

He moved with his family to Cleveland Ohio at the age of 8. He attended Ohio State University and represented the United States at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where he won four gold medals. He is considered one of the greatest athletes of the century and was internationally revered in his lifetime. His list of awards would take many pages just to list. A street in Berlin is named for him.

The Jesse Owens Foundation carries on his work with youth and the museum in his hometown houses many artifacts of his career.

He died in 1980.