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This house is named after Althea Neale Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003), an American tennis player and professional golfer, and one of the first Black athletes to cross the colour line of international tennis. In 1957, Gibson became the first black athlete to win both Wimbledon and the US Nationals (precursor of the US Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In the early 1960s she also became the first Black player to compete on the Women's Professional Golf Tour. Gibson campaigned for her whole life for black athletes to be paid as much in sponsorship as white athletes, an injustice that she was ultimately successful in correcting.