A Fight For Jim Thorpe's Body
It's been 50 years since the
death of sports star, Jim Thorpe,
Now his sons, the Sac and Fox tribe, and a
small Pennsylvania town are fighting
over his remains.
Now Thorpe's children and his tribe are suing the town. They want his remains returned to Jim's home state of Oklahoma. But Jim Thorpe, PA, officials want his remains to stay put. The community believes it has the rights to Thorpe's body.
"This guy has a whole town named
after him," explains Jack Kmetz,
president of Jim Thorpe Area
Sports Hall of Fame. "He has
a bank named after him. He has a
post office. He has his own ZIP
code. This is not your average
high school varsity letter winner
laying here. This is an
In return, two small neighboring
towns merged into one and renamed
themselves "Jim Thorpe." They agreed
to build a public shrine for the
rose-colored granite tomb now
sits on a grassy field alongside Route
larger-than-life bronze statues of
Thorpe holding a football and discus
also stand guard.
"If your dad turned around and said, 'Hey, I want to be cremated and my ashes put somewhere,' you would abide by it, wouldn't you?" Thorpe asked. "Dad's wish was that he be buried in Oklahoma. And that's what we're trying to accomplish."
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