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Evelyn Lewis (Lawler)

Current Location:: Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Birthplace: Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Widow of William McKinley Lewis, Jr.
Mother of Cleveland Lewis; Carl Lewis and Carol LeGrant Zilli
Sister of <private> George (Lawler)

Occupation: Teacher, Coach, Co founder Willingboro Track Club
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Evelyn Lewis

Evelyn Lawler Lewis was born 1930 in Alabama, attended Tuskegee on a track-and-field scholarship, and competed for the US at the 1951 Pan American Games. Injuries prevented her participation in the 1952 Olympics; at that time she was one of the top three hurdlers in the world. (1) She taught school, coached sports, developed physical education programs, and co founded the Willingboro Track Club (Burlington, NJ) in 1969 "for the girls - they just did not have anything. But by the end of the first year the boys wanted to become part of it and we said OK.". She retired In 1987 to Houston, Texas and was living there in 2003. (1).

1950 - Evelyn Lawler (Lewis), mother of Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis, set a new meet record at Freeport, Texas in the 80-meter hurdles.  The time of 11.7 seconds tied the American record, which was set in the 1932 Olympic games. Tuskegee University Athletics - Quick Facts


  1. William McKinley Lewis, Jr.

4 children include

  1. Cleveland b 1955
  2. McKinley
  3. Frederick Carlton "Carl" b 1961
  4. Carol LeGrant b 1963


  1. American Women's Track and Field, 1981-2000: A History, Volume 2. By Louise Mead Tricard. Interview with Evelyn Lawler Lewis, 2003. Page 56-58.
  2. Long jumping is a family affair for Carl Lewis, the world indoor record holder, and sister Carol, who has the U.S. girls' junior mark. By Sarah Pileggi. Sports Illustrated, June 1, 1981
  3. FORMER TRACK & FIELD COACH OSCAR MOORE HONORED. CNBNews. Net. May 1, 2012. "The honorees also included Freddie O’Garro George, King Alfonso Jennings, Evelyn Lawler Lewis, Dr. Harold A. Miller, Irving Oakman and posthumous Wilbur “Pony” Wilson."


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Evelyn Lewis's Timeline

Alabama, United States
January 11, 1955
Age 25
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
July 1, 1961
Age 31
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
August 8, 1963
Age 33
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States