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Eddie G. Robinson Museum chronicles legendary coach's career.

College football history buffs who like walks down memory lane got another reason to cheer this year as the much anticipated Eddie G. Robinson Museum opened on the campus of Louisiana's Grambling State University.



The 8,000-square-foot museum, approved by the Louisiana Legislature more than a decade ago and housed in the school's administration building, is filled with memorabilia attesting to Robinson's achievements during his 57 years as head coach at Grambling State. He died in April 2007.

The museum, opened in midwinter, includes a locker-room-themed theater area (including black board and benches) in which original film is shown featuring highlights of Robinson's career. A variety of jerseys from nearly every era of Robinson's football years are featured in the exhibit hall as is a roster of the 280 Robinson players who were recruited and/or played in professional football. The museum also prominently displays a life-size bronze statue of Robinson holding a football.

"When people walk in they marvel," says museum representative Ray Higgins. "People are amazed how many people came from this small town and small school and went on to be professionals."

The Eddie G. Robinson Museum is the first of its kind to focus on the achievements of a Black college football coach. It complements the Paul "Bear" Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., honoring the legendary coach and the University of Alabama football program, and the National Football Foundation Inc. College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
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Title Annotation:spectrum
Author:Stuart, Reginald
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Jun 10, 2010
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