Lawrence, Kansas: Cenotaph to the Inventor of Basketball

11 feet tall, engraved with Kansas University's Dr. James Naismith holding a basketball in one hand and books in the other.

Memorial Park Cemetery

Elmwood St., Lawrence, KS
Memorial Park Cemetery. Enter from E. 15th St. and you'll see the tall stone to the left, flanked by a couple of equally tall shrubs.
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Basketball inventor tombstone.

Cenotaph to the Inventor of Basketball

Grave marker...not so interesting.

[Michelle, 03/17/2011]

Dr. James Naismith has been etched into an 11 foot tall, rectangular granite memorial, holding a basketball in one hand and books in the other. Naismith invented basketball in Springfield, MA, and he moved to Lawrence afterward and was Kansas University's first basketball coach.

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