Champion Athlete & Marion County Civil Rights Leader
~*~ IN MEMORIAM ~*~
Uncle James Showers was a well-known Marion County coach & recreational sports instructor who taught several generations of Marion youth how to play ball. “Uncle James,” as he was affectionately known to his family and in the Marion Community, was himself an award-winning champion athlete, and holds the highest records in Harding High’s history for track & field performance. “Uncle James” went on to serve in the military before returning to Marion to coach and work in the steel industry. He is perhaps best remembered for the pivotal role he played in Civil Rights organizing in Marion County — including his work leading a critical march through Marion’s downtown in the wake of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. “Uncle James” was an undersung leader in Black freedom struggles and fondly-remembered mentor to youth & athletes across our county.
Rest in Peace, Uncle James. You will be missed.
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For inquiries relating to Uncle James Showers’ legacy, please contact Ms. Tara Dyer via Marion County’s Black Heritage Council.
Sports & Recreation; Athletic Arts; Racial Justice Organizing; Community Leadership