Tennis Outfit, Worn by Althea Gibson

Description (Brief):

Althea Gibson (1927-2003) wore this tennis outfit while winning the woman's singles title at Wimbledon in 1957. In the match she defeated fellow American Darlene Heard.

Description (Brief)

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,) to win the U.S. Open and to complete a Grand-Slam.

Description (Brief)

Gibson also broke the color barrier in professional golf when she joined the LPGA in 1964.

Date Made: 1957

User: Gibson, Althea

Name Of Sport: TennisWeb Subject: SportsLevel Of Sport: ProfessionalWeb Subject: WomenAfrican American


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Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Althea Gibson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0260.07Accession Number: 1988.0260Catalog Number: 1988.0260.07

Object Name: outfit, tennis

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)linen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 32 in x 18 in; 81.28 cm x 45.72 cmoverall, mounted: 32 in x 15 in x 11 1/2 in; 81.28 cm x 38.1 cm x 29.21 cm


Record Id: nmah_748878

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