COLUMBUS, Ohio — Under picture-perfect skies, The Ohio State University Thursday paid tribute to the “Buckeye Bullet” by unveiling the Jesse Owens Memorial Statue outside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The unveiling is part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Owens’ memorable performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany where he won four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump and 4×100 meter relay.
Hundreds of family members, Ohio State staff members, media, friends, fans and Ohio State track and field team members took part in Thursday’s celebration. Special guest speakers taking part in the celebration was the Owens family, including daughter Gloria Owens Hemphill, benefactor David E. Reese, sculptor Alan Cottrill and track and field alumnus, John Hammond.
The weekend-long celebration will continue tonight with a sold out dinner banquet in the new Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom. The event will gather nationally recognized speakers, including actor/comedian Bill Cosby, prominent corporate and community leaders, members of the Ohio State community, and members of Jesse’s beloved family. The event will be emceed by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, family friend and author of the book Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.
Click the photo gallery above to view images from today’s unveiling.
The Ohio State University would like to extend its deepest gratitude to The David E. Reese Family Foundation for its generous financial support of the Jesse Owens Memorial Statue and 75th anniversary celebration.