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Alice Coachman Davis: Why the First Black Female Olympic Gold Medalist Remained Largely Unheard of Until Her Death

It wasn’t until her death this time last year that many had ever heard the name Alice Coachman Davis. She should’ve been praised among the ranks of legendary Olympic athletes, though she never reached the same level of national stardom and recognition. But in 1948, the Albany, Georgia, native made history as the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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