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UT honors Black student-athletes who paved the way for progress with statues at Neyland Stadium

UT unveiled the bronze statues on Sept. 2 in the plaza outside Gate 21 at Neyland Stadium.
Credit: Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athlet
KNOXVILLE, TN - September 02, 2021 - Senior Associate Athletics Director for Regulatory Affairs Andrew Donovan, VFL Lester McClain, Sondra Faris, John Faros, VFL Condredge Holloway, Marshall Walker, and Chancellor Donde Plowman during the Tennessee Football Trailblazers Statue Dedication outside of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee paid tribute to four Black student-athletes from Vols football history who were trailblazers for racial equity.

The four players commemorated were Lester McClain, Jackie Walker, Condredge Holloway and Tee Martin.

The bronze statues were unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 2. The statues are located in the plaza outside of Gate 21 at Neyland Stadium. 

The unveiling was "a kickoff to Neyland Stadium's year-long centennial celebration" according to UT Athletics.

"It's an honor for this university to be able to permanently recognize the impact of these men in such a powerful way," said Director of Athletics Danny White. "I hope it serves as a reminder of those who came before them and paved the way for progress."

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