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Tennis Outfit, Worn by Althea Gibson

Tennis Outfit, Worn by Althea Gibson

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tennis outfit, 2-pc.
tennis outfit
tennis outfit worn by Althea Gibson
outfit, tennis
date made
1957
user
Gibson, Althea
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
linen (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 18 in; 81.28 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
1988.0260.07
accession number
1988.0260
catalog number
1988.0260.07
Credit Line
Gift of Althea Gibson
subject
Tennis
Sports
Professional
Women
African American
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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