Kathi Roberts Bray attended Jefferson City Schools as did her parents, including her father whose letterman jacket will be displayed. Her children attended Jefferson City Schools and now her grandchildren attend. “This really hits home with us,” she said.
Jefferson will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams, How Sports Shape America” in January of 2017, and in order to develop a local exhibit, the Crawford Long Museum and the Jefferson School Foundation is now collecting historical sports photos, news articles and artifacts.
This Saturday, area residents can bring sports photos and memorabilia of local alumni of Martin Institute, Bryan High and Jefferson High to the Jefferson Foundation office, located at 276 Martin St. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for deliveries of local sports memorabilia.
Kathi Roberts Bray, who serves as administrative assistant of the foundation, is excited about some of the memorabilia which has already been provided for the exhibit but she said she is hopeful more items will be forthcoming.
A 1952 Jefferson High School letterman jacket that her father, Davis Roberts, earned and recently decided to share with the exhibit gave Kathi an opportunity to see the jacket for the first time.
“He came in with the jacket and asked if this was the type of sports memorabilia I’d been talking about,” said Bray.
Also provided is the original basketball rim from the Martin Institute gym which Nat Hancock Jr., and Bucky Johnson asked to retain when the structure was being demolished. For years, the rim hung on the garage of the Hancock’s Washington Street home.
Two Martin Institute sports letters are available for display thanks to Garnett Spratlin and Albert Westmoreland. Spratlin and wife Nell provided an annual endowment to the foundation and a number of their items from Martin Institute are displayed at the foundation office.
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