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A Tribute to Herbert Douglas by Heather White

5001 2nd Ave. Hazelwood, Pittsburgh PA 15207
40.408533,-79.943678

Sprout Fund map      SproutFund.org

Herbert Douglas track and field images; bronze medal.


Herbert Douglas is an Olympic bronze medalist in the 1948 summer games in London. With a long jump of 24 feet, 9 inches, he secured his place in history. Before going to the Olympic games, Mr Douglas won plenty of city and state championships in track and field. He also attended Pitt – becomming one of the first two African Americans on their football team.

This Hazelwood native went on to a business career where he excelled. One of the first African Americans to make vice president in a large, national company, he became a mentor to many.

The mural done in his honor is best viewed from across the street. From up close the dotted pattern is difficult to discern, but as you step back you can see the images emerge from the background.

Update, 20 Jul 2014:
Excellent Post Gazette article on Mr Douglas.

 



TAGS Mural, A Tribute to Herbert Douglas, Hazelwood, Olympic, olympian, pitt, trustee, Taylor Allderdice High School, bronze, 1948 Olympics, track and field, Heather White, Sprout Fund,

 

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