Meadowlark Lemon was recently honored in his home city of Wilmington, North Carolina. The town names a bridge after the late Harlem Globetrotters player. For instance, he is lovingly known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball.” Sadly, Meadowlark passes away in 2015.
The town recently named their Third Street Bridge “Meadowlark Lemon Bridge.” They also hold a ceremony. In addition, many local residents and officials, two Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark’s wife Cynthia Lemon all attend the ceremony.
Third Street Bridge became Meadowlark Lemon Bridge
Many share stories of Meadowlark’s good deeds over the years. Cynthia admits she had never even heard some of the stories. She said, “He would want you to know how important and special you all are to him and what brought him joy are the stories that I am now hearing.”
She continued, “I’m praying that as people cross this bridge and they see the Meadowlark Lemon sign, that will remind you of your Meadowlark memory and that you’ll be blessed and have a joyous day… and you’ll remember a happy time that he brought to you along the road.”
One of the current members of the Harlem Globetrotters, Hi-Lite Bruton attends the ceremony. For instance, he says that people still talk to him about their memories of Meadowlark and other past Globetrotters. In addition, he also shares, “But some of the younger generations, some of the younger people, don’t remember Meadowlark, so it is up to us to keep his legacy alive and this is a great start right here.”
Hi-Lite and fellow Globetrotter Flip White did a small show and even got Cynthia to spin a basketball on her finger! In addition, a history of Meadowlark and his many accomplishments over the years are among topics as well. What an incredible honor.
In conclusion, watch the current Harlem Globetrotters perform at the ceremony below: