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Virginia Street Renamed for Tennis Legend Arthur Ashe

A main thoroughfare in Richmond, Va., was named Saturday in honor of late tennis great Arthur Ashe.

In a ceremony held at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, The Boulevard was renamed Arthur Ashe Boulevard in memory of the Richmond native.

“In addition to an official sign unveiling to rename the roughly 2.5-mile Boulevard in honor of the late tennis champion, the celebratory events will reintroduce Ashe’s inspiring life story to Richmond and offer a variety of family-friendly events,” the city said in a press release.

John R. Lewis (D-Ga.), the iconic congressman and civil rights leader, provided the keynote address at the dedication.

Ashe, the winner of three Grand Slam singles titles, became the only Black male tennis player to win Wimbledon in 1975. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

Off the court, he was a tireless civil rights activist, having been arrested twice for protests against apartheid in South Africa and the treatment of Haitian refugees in the U.S.

Ashe died in 1993 at age 49 from AIDS-related pneumonia.

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