Something monumental is taking place around the campus of Grambling State University: planning for the permanent Eddie Robinson Museum honoring the legacy of the legendary coach. The museum is to be located in the Women’s Memorial Gymnasium and will contain pictures, plaques, trophies and other memorabilia in honor of Coach Robinson, who died at age 88 on April 3.Robinson’s last game was in 1997, and the museum has been in the planning stages since 1999. The cost to renovate the museum’s permanent site is estimated at $3 million to $4 million. The effort has been slowed by budget cuts and disagreements over the location.
According to the Associated Press, Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said the University of Louisiana System Board was in the process of transferring the Women’s Gym to the museum foundation.
“It is not only important but it is vital,” said Santoria Black, Grambling Sports Radio Network director. “It is crucial when you talk about a man who is celebrated not only in the state of Louisiana, but all across the world. It has to be done.”
For now, the Eddie Robinson Museum is located in the Athletic Support Facility on Grambling’s campus, and it is open to the public. No official date has been released for the opening of the permanent museum.