NASHVILLE — The story of the legendary Ed Temple and his star Tigerbelles are coming to a theater near you at the Tennessee State Museum.
The movie on Tennessee State is about the courageousness and dominance of the African American women’s track and field program from 1950 to 1994. Temple led more than 40 female athletes to the Olympics, who captured 16 gold medals, more than 30 national titles and 23 Olympic medals.
Admission is free only on Saturday for those who wish to attend. The film starts at 2:30 p.m. The museum is located at 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd.
Every athlete coached by Temple during his tenure received college degrees during the Jim Crow era. The movie will also feature the current Director of Track and Field, Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice.
Cheeseborough-Guice won a gold medal at the age of 16 in the 200-meter dash in the Pan American Games with a world junior record time of 22.77 seconds. She also won the TAC 100-meter championship is a time of 11.13.
The historical TSU team had five members who won gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Wilma Rudolph, an athlete coached by the late Temple, became the first American woman to win three gold medals as an individual at the Olympics.
Other prominent Tigerbelles who won Olympic medals: Edith McGuire, Barbara Slater-Jones, Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, Lucinda Williams-Adams (first four names pictured above), Madeline Manning Mims, Wyomia Tyus, Willye White, and Margaret Matthews Wilburn.
Temple was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Track and Field teams in 1960 and 1964, and assistant coach in 1980. Temple is inducted into nine different Halls of Fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012, in which he was one of only four coaches to be inducted.
He also served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the International Women’s Track and Field Committee and the Nashville Sports Council.
Temple passed away on September 22, 2016.