Ernest Eugene “Ernie” Barnes Jr.

Inducted: 2019
  • Native of Durham
  • Captain of the football team and state champion in the shot put at Hillside High School 
  • Attended North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University) on a full athletic scholarship to play football; majored in art
  • Played five seasons of professional football
  • After retiring in 1965, was commissioned by numerous sports organizations and was twice named Sport Artist of the Year