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Thousands pay respect to Robinson

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Robinson, who endured the indignities of the Jim Crow era while building tiny and predominantly black Grambling into a football power, died last week at 88.

On Monday, his body lay in an open casket in the same room where Robinson had viewed the body of slain political titan Huey Long more than 70 years ago.

Williams estimated that more than 100 of Robinson’s former players had shown up, with more expected to attend a wake and burial on Tuesday and Wednesday in Grambling.

Robinson grew up near Baton Rouge, where a street is named for him.

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