WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, Aug. 24, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the United States Postal Service will honor tennis star and civil rights pioneer Althea Gibson during a First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony at the Althea Gibson Tennis Facility at the Heller Parkway entrance of  Branch Brook Park. The stamp with Gibson’s likeness is the 36th Stamp in the Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Branch Brook Park is located at 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark.


Branch Brook Park, located at 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark  Credit: Google Maps

Gibson was the first African American to win championships at famous tournaments, such as the French Open, the United States Open, the Australian Doubles and Wimbledon. However, her legacy reaches far beyond her accomplishments on the tennis court. Gibson was a person of strength and character who used her fame to teach and inspire children to work hard and succeed in life.

For further information:
Essex County
County Executive:  Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
973-621-4400
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