Monday, October 10, 2016

Legendary Southern coach Arnett 'Ace' Mumford honored in West Virginia hometown that almost forgot him

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia -- Arnett W. “Ace” Mumford, the iconic former Southern University football coach, was honored in his West Virginia hometown Sunday with a permanent placard placed at his birthplace.

The placard now sits at the corner of Latham and Sedgewick streets in Buckhannon, West Virginia where Mumford was born. A duplicate will be presented to Southern University, according to the Inter-Mountain newspaper, which serves rural West Virginia.

Mumford was born in Buckhannon, but moved away when he was 7 years old because he could not attend school in the predominantly white Buckhannon. He moved in with family roughly 90 miles away in Parkersburg, W.V., to receive an education.

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace — a Buckhannon native — facilitated the honor, according to a report by ‘The Undefeated.’

“It’s a small town. I knew where he grew up. I knew where he would’ve played as a kid because it’s places I’ve been in,” Wallace said to The Undefeated. “Give him the recognition because it’s just so overdue.


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