Historic Markers Across Florida

Althea Gibson

Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.55    W 081° 0.993
  29.20916666    -81.01655
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Althea Gibson
Barrier Breaker

—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

Althea Gibson Overcame Unbelievable Odds To Achieve International Acclaim And Success. Her Journey From The Violent Streets Of Harlem To The Royal Courts Of Wimbledon Reveals Strength Of Character And Her Remarkable Composure In The Face Of Racial Prejudice. A Pioneer In Both Amateur Tennis And Professional Golf. She Paved The Way For The Likes Of Venus Williams and Tiger Woods.
Althea Gibson Was The First Black Woman To Compete In Professional Tennis. She Won II Major Titles In The Late 1950's, Including Singles Titles At The French Open (1956), Wimbledon (1957, 1958), And The U.S. Open (1957, 1958), As Well As Three Straight Doubles Crowns At The French Open (I956,. I957, 1958). In 1957, She Was The First Black To Be Voted By The Associated Press As Female Athlete Of The Year. She Won That Honor Again in !958.
For Tennis Fans, Althea Gibson Will Always Be Somebody Very Special. Though She Didn't Go Looking For The Role Of Pioneer, She Was One. “If It Hadn't Been For Her," Says Billie Jean King, Winner Of 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles, “It Wouldn't have Been So Easy For Arthur (Ashes) Or The Ones Who Followed".
(photo caption) Photo courtesy of the Althea Gibson Foundation

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Photo can be found on the HMDB.org web site.