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Jesse Owens Museum, Danville

#49 of 129 in Museums in Alabama
Must see · History Museum · Specialty Museum
A single man with a conviction “One chance is all you need,” proved that very thing in the 1936 Olympics - and changed the world. He tore down Hitler’s superior race theory and confirmed that moral character and integrity is what distinguishes one from another, not the color of one’s skin.

The Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum’s goal is to honor the life and accomplishments of this remarkable man, before and after the Olympics, and to educate the public of the legacy of this Olympic great and his contributions to athletics and humankind. Located in Owens’s birthplace of Oakville, Alabama, JOMP showcases memorials including a museum, bronze statue, mini-theater, 1936 torch replica, birth home replica and an oak tree that was planted as a symbol of Owens’ lost Olympic Gold Medal Tree. The Owens family planted the tree at the park on May 16, 1998.
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  • This place was awesome. It is something you could make a day of with friends or on a date; while also being perfect for a quick family stop on that ride down 65. There’s a playground as well so it’s.....  more »
  • The museum is nicely set up with friendly docents. There is a 45 min video and nice displays. Outside is a replica of the house he grew up in with his 9 brothers and sisters and also a long jump to....  more »
  • Great cross country race location. Historic, informative visitors center!
  • Got there to early to go into the Museum but I still enjoyed it a lot. Jesse Owens is a true American inspiration. I was just passing by and decided to stop when I saw the sign. I'm glad I did. Paid my respects to a great Role Model of my race.

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