Tennis Outfit, Worn by Althea Gibson

Description (Brief)
Althea Gibson (1927-2003) wore this tennis outfit while winning the woman's singles title at Wimbeldon in 1957. In the match she defeated fellow American Darlene Heard.
Gibson was the first African-American to play in, and win, Wimbledon. She hoisted the prestigous 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tennis outfit, 2-pc.
tennis outfit
tennis outfit worn by Althea Gibson
outfit, tennis
date made
Gibson, Althea
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
linen (overall material)
overall: 32 in x 18 in; 81.28 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
African American
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Althea Gibson

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