Cleveland Jewish museum to designate “Jesse Owens Way”Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Jewish museum in Cleveland plans to rename a stretch of road after Olympic runner Jesse Owens.
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, along with Cleveland city officials and Owens’ daughter, will designate a downtown street “Jesse Owens Way” on Nov. 15.
Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and poked a hole in the theory of Aryan superiority.
Owens was a star athlete at East Technical High School in Cleveland and Ohio State University in Columbus before he stunned the world with his Olympic performance.
When a replacement of the statute of Chillicothe Democrat and former Governor William Allen was sought by the National Statuary Collection Study Committee, Owens was a nominee to be one of the two representing Ohio.
From March 20 to June 12, more than 46,000 Ohioans statewide cast ballots for one of 10 nominees for whom they thought should stand for Ohio in Washington, D.C. Of the total, Edison received 14,261 votes, followed by the Wright Brothers with 13,363 votes and Jesse Owens with 4,921 votes.
On Aug. 28, the members of the Ohio National Statuary Collection Study Committee, voted to recommend the people’s choice – Thomas Edison – to be Ohio’s representative in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.
Associated Press contributed to this report.