Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: 'Birthplace of Jesse Owens'


73. Birthplace of Jesse Owens

Oakville, Lawrence County


Famed Olympic athlete J. C. (Jesse) Owens was born near Oakville in 1913. The son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave, Owens became a national hero at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin when he embarrassed Nazi officials by winning four gold medals in track and field.