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“May this light shine forever as a symbol to all who run for freedom of the sport, for the spirit of humanity as well as for the memory of Jesse Owens.”

The inscription on the stainless steel replica of the 1936 torch speaks to purpose of the Jesse Owens Memorial Park to capture the spirit of and commemorate the life of Jesse Owens.

Ruth Owens lights the 1936 torch replica at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum.

Ruth Owens lights the 1936 torch replica at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum.

On June 29, 1996 the eternal flame was lit by Owens’ widow, Ruth, from the Olympic torch as it passed through the park on its journey to the XXVI Olympic games in Atlanta. The lighting of the 1936 torch replica was just one of the many festivities and ceremonies of the park’s dedication.

Left – The 1936 Olympic torch. Right – The Torch Replica at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum. The torch was lit by Ruth Owens, Jeese Owens’ wife.

 

 

 

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