James L. Usry

James L. Usry (HMORY)

Location: Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Atlantic County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.639', W 74° 25.931'

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— 1922-2002 —

Born in Athens, Georgia, this educator, mayor, professional athlete and longtime Atlantic City resident was affectionately known as "Big Jim." He was a 6' 6" giant of a man who never raised his voice. Jim was a classroom teacher and school principal, rising to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Atlantic City public schools, and a visionary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. School Complex. Usry graduated from Lincoln University in 1946 with a B.A. and received a Masters Degree in 1971 from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). A U.S. Army Military Policeman, he was one of the first African-American professional basketball players to don the uniform of the Harlem Renaissance. Later, he became Atlantic City's first African-American mayor and the President of the National Association of Black Mayors. Above all, he was a positive role model for three generations of Atlantic City children who knew him as "Pop Pop" Usry.

[Seal of the] City of Atlantic City, Incorporated March 1854.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe City of Atlantic City
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 548917 N 4356953
Decimal Degrees39.36065000, -74.43218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.639', W 74° 25.931'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 38.34" N, 74° 25' 55.86" W
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Area Code(s)609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1707 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City NJ 08401, US
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