Magazine article Variety

America Honors a Movie Cowboy

Magazine article Variety

America Honors a Movie Cowboy

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The Duke's legacy lives on in ways other than his movies. Herewith are six "monuments" in his honor:

* In 1982, P.S. 380 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn became the John Wayne Elementary School after its principal pushed for the starry moniker. The school later erected a 38-foot mosiac mural called "John Wayne and the American Frontier" by artist Knox Martin.

* Originally called the Orange County Airport, it was renamed the John Wayne Airport in 1979, the year the movie star died. Wayne lived nearby on Lido Island in Newport Harbor.

* After the actor's own battle with cancer, his family established the John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. It specializes in melanoma and breast cancer research.

* The John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington's Iron Horse State Park is named after a horse-riding group that advocated the memorial. …

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