Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson (tmp-e5150)

Location: Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Volusia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 12.55', W 81° 0.993'

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—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

Althea Gibson Overcame Unbelievable Odds To Achieve International Acclaim
And Success. Her Journey From The Violent Streets Of Harlem To The Royal Courts
Of Wimbledon Reveals Strength Of Character And Her Remarkable Composure
In The Face Of Racial Prejudice. A Pioneer In Both Amateur Tennis And Professional
Golf. She Paved The Way For The Likes Of Venus Williams and Tiger Woods.

Althea Gibson Was The First Black Woman To Compete In Professional Tennis. She
Won II Major Titles In The Late 1950's, Including Singles Titles At The French Open (1956),
Wimbledon (1957, 1958), And The U.S. Open (1957, 1958), As Well As Three Straight
Doubles Crowns At The French Open (I956,. I957, 1958). In 1957, She Was The First Black To
Be Voted By The Associated Press As Female Athlete Of The Year. She Won That Honor
Again in !958.

For Tennis Fans, Althea Gibson Will Always Be Somebody Very Special. Though She Didn't
Go Looking For The Role Of Pioneer, She Was One. "If It Hadn't Been For Her," Says Billie
Jean King, Winner Of 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles, "It Wouldn't have Been So Easy For Arthur (Ashes) Or The Ones Who Followed".

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Photo courtesy of the Althea Gibson Foundation
HM Numbertmp-e5150
Placed ByDaytona Beach , Florida
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 4:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 498391 N 3231159
Decimal Degrees29.20916667, -81.01655000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 12.55', W 81° 0.993'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 12' 33" N, 81° 0' 59.58" W
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Area Code(s)386
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 42 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, US
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