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User:
Gibson, Althea  Search this
Maker:
Lee, Harry C.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
varnish; leather; paint; synthetic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 18 in x 11 in x 2 1/2 in; 45.72 cm x 27.94 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 27 1/4 in x 9 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 69.215 cm x 23.1775 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
racket
racquet
racquet, tennis
Date made:
1950-1959
Description (Brief):
Althea Gibson (1927-2003) used this racquet when winning the woman's singles title at Wimbeldon in 1958. Gibson was the first African-American to play in, and win, Wimbledon. She hoisted the prestigoud event's silver trophy twice ,in 1957 and 1958. She was also the first black woman to play in the U.S. Tennis Championships (1950) win the U.S. Open, and complete a Grand-Slam. Gibson also broke the color barrier in professional golf when she joined the LPGA in 1964.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Tennis  Search this
Sports  Search this
Professional  Search this
Women  Search this
African American  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Althea Gibson
ID Number:
1988.0260.06
Accession number:
1988.0260
Catalog number:
1988.0260.06
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746af-d2e8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_748877