- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2001

A monument honoring late Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall will be removed from the RFK Stadium location it has occupied for 30 years and placed in a park in his West Virginia hometown.
Officials in Grafton, W.Va., and at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission said the transfer of the 11-foot marble marker is awaiting only the completion of paperwork. The monument is expected to be placed in Fetterman Park, not far from Marshall's grave, in the spring.
"I think it's a great thing for a small town like us," Grafton mayor Tom Horacek said. "We're somewhat of a tourist town and known as the 'Memorable City' and take great pride in it. The town has gone through a lot of pretty tough times for 50 years, so for us to get something that brings publicity to the city and provides another thing to celebrate is important."
The commission is donating the marker to the George Preston Marshall Memorial Foundation to make way for a new unspecified structure which will be easily seen by fans who arrive by Metro and walk to the stadium. Markers honoring late Washington Senators owner Clark Calvin Griffith and slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy will remain.
Commission president Bobby Goldwater said he wanted the marker moved to a "proper" venue but other locations in the District seemed unsuitable considering that RFK remains open.
A move to FedEx Field, home of the Redskins since 1997 after 36 seasons at RFK, never happened. Commission and team officials each said they weren't contacted by the other. After The Washington Times first reported the move on July 5, a Redskins spokesman said the team would be interested in acquiring the marker. However, Goldwater said he has never been contacted by the team.
Horacek called Grafton a "Teddy Roosevelt town" that takes patriotism very seriously. Memorial Day is the biggest holiday for the 5,500 residents of Grafton, which is the seat of Taylor County and is located about 170 miles from the District in northern West Virginia. The Grand National Cemetery was created in 1865 for 1,800 Civil War victims. Marshall is buried in a private cemetery.
The monument to Marshall was erected by Redskins alumni and friends shortly after his death in 1969. The front of the marker has Marshall's likeness on a large plaque and the Redskins logo is on the back. Its marble base is considered quite valuable.
Marshall moved the Redskins to Washington in 1937 after five years in Boston. His creation of divisional playoffs and the Pro Bowl were among his many achievements. However, he wasn't as progressive in his social views. Marshall was the last NFL owner to sign a black player for fear it would financially harm his extensive radio network in the South.

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