Inductees

February 13, 1915—November 6, 1991

Harriet Claiborne Bland (February 13, 1915 – November 6, 1991), later Harriet Bland Green, was an American sprinter from St. Louis, Missouri. Bland nearly qualified for the 1932 Summer Olympics team in 1932 and protested the decision to exclude her. She qualified for the 1936 team but was told that there was no money to send her to Berlin. After a fundraising campaign by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, to cover her travel expenses, and losing her track shoes and handbag in New York before sailing for Berlin, she competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics, under track coach Dee Boeckmann, in the individual 100m and 4 × 100 m relay. She won a gold medal in the relay, with Betty Robinson, Annette Rogers, and Helen Stephens. Bland was honored upon her return, alongside other American Olympians, at a parade in New York City.[8] She served on the Ozark A. A. U. Women’s Track and Field Committee, and coached a track program for girls in St. Louis, after her Olympic win. She was head finish judge at an invitational relay for women in Edwardsville, Illinois in 1965. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.