Wimbledon Tennis Trophy, won by Althea Gibson

Wimbledon Tennis Trophy, won by Althea Gibson

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Description
One silver plate, made by Birch and Gaydon, displayed on a wooden base, with a silver plaque awarded to Althea Gibson for winning the Ladies Singles championship at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, in 1958. The plate is a smaller replica of the Club's trophy, which they retain.
Gibson was the first person of color to win a singles event at Wimbledon, hoisting the trophy twice, in 1957 and 1958. She was also the first black woman to play in the U.S. Tennis Championships (1950) win the complete a Grand-Slam. Gibson later broke the color barrier in professional golf when she joined the LPGA in 1964.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tennis trophy
trophy, tennis
Trophy
date made
1958
user
Gibson, Althea
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
felt (overall material)
silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 5 1/2 in x 8 in; 25.4 cm x 13.97 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
1988.0260.05
catalog number
1988.0260.05
accession number
1988.0260
Credit Line
Gift of Althea Gibson
subject
Sports
Tennis
Professional
Women
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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