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