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Althea Gibson One Of 13 Inductees To New Jersey Hall Of Fame

Friday, February 6, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's Althea Gibson New Jersey Hall of FameAlthea Gibson, the first African-American to win a grand slam title, which happened to be Wimbledon, is one of 13 inductees chosen for the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

The winners were chosen by New Jersey residents, who had months to pick their favorites online, and by the hall's voting academy, made up of 100 state organizations. All inductees have deep ties to the state.

"This group of hall of famers embodies the spirit of New Jersey, a combination of drive, determination and creativity that has led them to greatness," Governor Jon S. Corzine said in a statement.

The remaining 12 that will accompany Ms. Gibson are Paul Robeson, Walt Whitman, Guglielmo Marconi, Carl Sagan, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Jon Bon Jovi, Jerry Lewis, Shaquille O'Neal, Phil Rizzuto, F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Carlos Williams

The induction ceremony will be held in May at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Black Tennis Pro's Althea Gibson New Jersey Hall of Fame

New Jersey Hall of Fame

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