The LPG park will be dedicated on Tuesday, named after Clarence Underwood Jr, a native of Gadsden.


Gadsden-born Dr Clarence Underwood Jr. is pictured with former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali during a basketball game at Michigan State University while Underwood was athletic director there.

The town of Gadsden and community partners will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday to inaugurate the park at the Gadsden Public Library, which will be named after a distinguished Gadsden native.

Dr Clarence Underwood Jr. is expected to attend the ceremony and unveil a sign with the name of the park. He will also speak to students from the Gadsden area during this visit to his hometown, library director Craig Scott said.

Underwood will have a lot to say. He was a three sports star at Carver High School in the 1950s and went on to play college football and graduated from Michigan State University. He held several educational positions for over 30 years, including Michigan State Sports Director from 1999-2002 and Assistant Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference in the 1980s.

“He was a legend at my university,” Michigan state graduate Scott told members of Gadsden City Council. He credited a local group, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, for suggesting that this park be named Underwood.

Underwood was inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, and he continues to work with youth programs in East Lansing, Michigan.

Because the library is an educational institution, Scott said, he is happy to see it named after a longtime educator.

The dedication and ribbon cutting will take place in the park opposite the main library branch at 254 College St., Gadsden.

Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: The LPG park will be named after a native of Gadsden, legend of the State of Michigan


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