Iconic Southern University trophy to be given to Smithsonian Museum

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An iconic piece of one of Southern University's football rivalries will find a permanent home in a prestigious national museum.

The Bayou Classic trophy was handed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday. The trophy was given to the winner of the Southern versus Grambling State football game each year for the past 25 years.

The trophy was retired after the November 2014 rivalry game. "The Southern Classic has become the pre-eminent sporting event within HBCU events," says Smithsonian sports curator Damion Thomas. "It's an honor to have this iconic trophy be a part of the museum's collection."

The trophy will be among the first exhibitions to open in the new 400,000 square foot space set to open next year in Washington D.C.

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