Sporting history is filled with heroes and legends. Most are remembered for their physical feats and individual accolades. But there are many who are recognized for their contributions to the betterment of society. These individuals were champions of civil rights and broke down barriers—the effects of which are still felt today. In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to share a few of our favorite locations dedicated to the historical contributions of Black athletes.
In Falls Church, Virginia, a small house was once home to the man who brought basketball to the Black community. Dr. E.B. Henderson was the first certified Black physical education instructor in the United States. After picking up the game during a summer at Harvard, Henderson introduced the sport to kids in Washington, D.C. His teams went on to win two national championships. Across the pond in Darlington, England, you can find a massive mural dedicated to Arthur Wharton, the world’s first Black professional footballer. In 2003, Wharton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame as a pioneer for Black football players. From a tennis racket that made history to a tribute to two brothers who were champions in different sports, these places pay tribute to Black athletes.