Jesse Owens and Olympic Gold

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James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was born on September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama.

He died on March 31, 1980 in Tucson, Arizona.

Beginnings

Owens was born the son of Alabama sharecroppers in 1913.

When his family moved to Ohio, Owens emerged as a major track talent while attending high school in Cleveland, Ohio.