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ANDERSON – The city will lose one of its treasures shortly after Thanksgiving.

Anderson High School and Anderson College basketball star and former Harlem Globetrotter Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson will be moving to Chester, Virginia, to live with his son.

The former Mr. Basketball and Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer broke racial barriers and scored 30 of his team’s 67 points in its championship victory over Fort Wayne Central High School in 1946.

He also played a year for the Negro Leagues’ Chicago American Giants baseball team.

Wilson, 89, went on to serve eight years as head basketball coach at Indianapolis’ Wood High School and 16 years as head coach and athletic director at Malcolm X College in Chicago.

In May, approximately 500 people gathered at Anderson High School for the unveiling of a 9-foot bronze sculpture honoring Wilson’s life and legacy.

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