HumanKind celebrates the unveiling of historic marker for Shoeless Wonders Football Team on Saturday

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June 24, 2019
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Who:
HumanKind celebrates the unveiling of the historic marker honoring the Shoeless Wonders  on Saturday, June 22.
 
What:
Join with the Department of Historic Resources, members of the Shoeless Wonders football team and Mayor Treney Tweedy in a ceremony unveiling a historic marker honoring their contributions to history in Virginia.
 
A light dinner will be served on HumanKind’s campus following the ceremony.
 
When:
Saturday, June 22 from 4:30-5:30 pm
 
Where:
The corner of Linden Avenue and Peakland Place. Parking will be available on HumanKind’s historic campus at 150 Linden Avenue, Lynchburg VA 24503. Shuttles will take guests to and from the unveiling between 4-4:30pm and 5:30-6:00pm. Please allow for additional travel time.
 
Full Invitation and ceremony program are attached.
 
Additional Info:
From the 1920s to the 1950s, orphans from the Presbyterian Home (known today as HumanKind) dominated and defeated rival football teams. Too poor to even afford shoes, they played in their bare feet, and became known as The Shoeless Wonders. Their inspiration story gained national attention, and was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Universal showcased the team in a black and white newsreel that played before films nationwide. View that newsreel by clicking here.