ATA 100th Anniversary Celebration

American Tennis Association 100th Anniversary Celebration & opening ceremony

View more information and updates on the ATA website. 

The ATA was born when representatives from more than a dozen black tennis clubs met in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, 1916. In August 1917, the organization held its first ATA National Championships, consisting of three events (men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles), at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park in August 1917.

The 100th anniversary celebration includes tournament play, opening ceremony, and exhibitions.

Opening Ceremony at the Conservatory – July 29
Tournaments
in Druid Hill Park - July 29 – August 1
Druid Hill Park: A Community’s Pride Exhibition
 at the Conservatory – July 26 – August 13
Breaking the Barriers Exhibition at the Conservatory – July 29 – August 5

The Conservatory is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 

 

Opening Ceremony: program, unveiling of plaque, & refreshments.

Breaking the Barriers blends a unique timeline of photos, newspaper accounts, and historical excerpts into an engaging, informative experience. The exhibit brings the origins and history of black tennis and the American Tennis Association (ATA) to life while incorporating other events from around the world. The formation of the ATA, the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States, was a direct result of banning African Americans from professional tennis competitions not long after the first lawn tennis court was built in America in 1876. This exhibition is c/o The International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ATA.

Druid Hill Park: A Community’s Pride, on loan from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, showcases stories and imagery of African Americans and their relationship with the park, from emancipation to the end of Jim Crow. The exhibition illustrates the role of the park and how integral it was to African American life through the periods of segregation, and highlights institutional racism as a source of many challenges.