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In this file photo, Barberton standout basketball players Joshua (left) and Jerry Williams wait to be introduced before the start of the Magics game against Wadsworth at Barberton High School on Tuesday. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
The announcement that, after 146 years, the “The Greatest Show on Earth” is calling it quits brings back fond memories for generations of Akron residents and also a painful reminder of the city’s role in a dark day in circus lore.