William David Tatum presents the photograph of Edward Orval Gourdin
William David Tatum presents the photograph of Edward Orval Gourdin establishing the World Record in the long jump on July 23, l92l - Harvard University. It is the oldest track and field record at Harvard.
First presentation to the St. Philips Episcopal Church - Felecia Mary Garvin Gourdin married Walter Holmes Gourdin in l887 at this Church. Felecia Gourdin was the organist.
Second presentation to the Stanton College Preparatory School that succeeded the Stanton High School established in l868. Stanton was the first high school established in the State of Florida for Negro Education. Edward Orval Gourdin was Class Valedictorian in l9lA. Philip Randolph & James Weldon Johnson (Author of the Negro National Anthem was the School Principal) graduated from this school.
Third presentation to a representative of The Ritz Theatre La Villa Museum in Jacksonville, Florida. The BUST of Edward Orval Gourdin will be unveiled at this repository of African-American History in Jacksonville, Fla.
Amelia Ponce Gourdin gave William David Tatum the original photograph of the world record long jump with these words: "William you are like your Grandfathers; you will find a way to honor my Ned!" I am keeping that promise.