Celebrating Black History

Hidden History: Jesse Owens Museum in Alabama stands as monument to overcoming adversity

OAKVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Jesse Owens’ accomplishments were monumental in the 20th Century, but the impact that this Alabama native had on the sporting world is still felt today, decades after his death. 

The Owens property in Oakville, Alabama played host to the childhoods of one of the most famous athletes in the world.  The famed track and field star earned four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

The rolling, windy hills of Lawrence County made for a difficult early life for Owens, but on the same piece of land now sits a museum, named in his honor. It’s a place where Alabama’s hidden history sits off the beaten path. 

Dedicated in 1996, the museum displays the history of Owens’s life for all to see. The museum attracts thousands of visitors every year, many not realizing he was born right here in Alabama.


4 children taken to hospital after car crashes into Pennsylvania day care center

 (CNN) — Four children were injured after a woman crashed her car through the window of a day care center classroom, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

The black BMW traveled all the way through one classroom of the Children of America Educational Childcare center before stopping at a back wall, the Bucks County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Four children were taken to the hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries, the statement said.

“The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, was treated and remains hospitalized,” it said.

The crash is under investigation, according to James O’Malley, the spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. He told CNN the woman was working as a delivery driver.

At the time of the crash — about 1:30 p.m. — there were about 17 children inside that room and about 79 total in the building .

All of the children have been accounted for and reunited with their families, the statement said.