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Honoring the Wilma Rudolph Stamp

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HONORING THE WILMA RUDOLPH STAMP -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 16, 2004)

SPEECH OF
HON. MARSHA BLACKBURN
OF TENNESSEE
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2004

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the new Wilma Rudolph stamp that is now being issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Wilma Rudolph was a native of Clarksville, Tennessee and an Olympic gold medallist. As a child, she battled polio; and she won. This was just one of her many "wins." At the 1960 Olympic games, she won three gold medals in track and field, a truly amazing feat-especially for one who'd been afflicted by polio. In 1983, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

I thank Mayor Don Trotter and Clarksville Postmaster Wayne Scott for submitting Wilma's name for consideration for this honor.

This stamp is a fitting reminder of her accomplishments, and I know that many Tennesseans will be purchasing her stamp when it is released in her old neighborhood of St. Bethlehem.

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