Gibson's Harlem Tennis Roots Revisited

Gibson's Harlem Tennis Roots Revisited

As a 29-year-old in 1957, three days after she won her first Wimbledon singles championship, Gibson returned via police escort to a stretch of street outside the entrance to the walkup. Two large signs read, “Welcome Back Althea.” Inside in what is now called the Frederick E. Samuel Apartments, Gibson had been raised with four siblings in a five-room, third-floor rental unit.

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