African Americans on Postage Stamps

Tennis: Arthur Ashe

37-cent Arthur Ashe stamp
The Arthur Ashe stamp was issued on August 27, 2005.

Arthur Ashe spent his life in constant struggle. Beginning with the death of his mother when he was seven years old, Ashe would overcome discrimination at a young age and go on to become the first African-American to win a Grand Slam Tournament. Ashe spent considerable time working for civil rights and other philanthropic causes. He died at the age of 49 from AIDS. He had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. In 1997, the new main stadium where the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament would be played was named after Arthur Ashe.

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