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Posted on: October 9, 2015

[ARCHIVED] City Hosts Memorial Tribute for Basketball Legend Moses Malone

The City of Petersburg and Petersburg City Public Schools will host a special memorial tribute for Petersburg High School alumnus Moses Malone. The special tribute event is open to the public and will be on Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m. at Petersburg High School gymnasium (3101 Johnson Road).

“He has been a friend, classmate and legendary star with the poise of a gentleman to his childhood friends and family.” said William E. Johnson, III, City Manager. “Legendary is a word of magnificence, which will follow him to the scoreboard in heaven.”

The tribute event will be emceed by Cavell Phillips and will feature tributes and reflections from city leaders, former coaches and teammates of Moses Malone.

“Moses Malone was the greatest basketball player to ever play for Petersburg High School,” comments William Lawson, III, Petersburg High School Athletic Director.

Petersburg High School alumnus and basketball legend, Moses Malone, passed away suddenly on September 13, 2015 in Norfolk, VA at age 60. Moses Malone graduated Petersburg High School in 1974 as the first basketball player to play for a national basketball team right out of high school. A funeral service was held on Monday, September 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

A native of Petersburg, VA, Malone was a three-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1997, was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001, and was inducted in the Petersburg Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2015. While at Petersburg High School, he led the Crimson Wave to two state championships in 1973 and 1974 and compiled a streak of 50 consecutive victories for the team.

This event is in partnership with Petersburg City Public Schools, Dogwood Trace Golf Course and Croaker’s Spot. For more information about the tribute, contact William Lawson, III, Athletic Director, at 804-862-7095 ext. 5 or email

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