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Althea Gibson in 1950 at her first national tennis championship.

Althea Gibson

Light the birthday candles! Born on August 25, 1927, Althea Gibson would have been 87 today. In 1950, Althea became the first African American tennis player invited to the U.S. Open and in 1956 became the first African American to win a Grand Slam event at the French Open. Although she grew up in New York City, Gibson was born in rural Clarendon County. According to the 1930 Census Althea was living in Manhattan with her Aunt Sallie, while her parents, Daniel and Annie B. with sister Mildred, were still living In Calvary, SC.

This image is from South Carolina Historical Newspapers digital collection. It was published in The State on August 26, 1950. South Carolina Digital Newspapers includes The State from 1891-1985 and is available 24/7 to any Richland Library card holder.

Althea Gibson by Tom Biracree
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