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Harriet Lynn conducted interviews of tennis pioneers and relatives.

Excerpts of individual interviews included in

the oral history documentary, Tennis, Everyone!

produced and created by Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009   10 AM - 2 PM


Honoring tennis pioneers who broke down barriers and promoted integration of tennis locally and nationally in public parks, collegiate realm and U.S. Lawn Tennis Association events.

Druid Hill Park held the American Tennis Association’s first national tennis tournament in 1917.

Guest Speaker:  Robert Davis, former CEO and National Director of Arthur Ashe’s Safe Passage Foundation and now Bollettieri Tennis Academy

Mistress of Ceremonies, Ann Koger, MD State Tennis Champ, one of first African-American Women featured in historic

Virginia Slim Tennis Tour  and longtime tennis coach at Haverford College in PA.

The Tennis, Everyone! Oral History Interviews Project video documentary, featuring Baltimore’s African American Tennis Pioneers was premiered at the event. The documentary was produced and edited by Harriet Lynn, of HTAC.

The documentary is based on Ms. Lynn’s oral history interviews with tennis pioneers during summer 2009.

A special exhibit of memorabilia, photographs included.

This program was a special program of the  Baltimore City Dept. of Recreation and Parks- Senior Division  410-396-2920

For more information on event view  Doug Smith Sports Blog


Tennis, Everyone!

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of MD African American History and Culture - Baltimore, MD

Saturday, July 24, 2010     2:00 pm

a special program featuring the Tennis, Everyone!  oral history documentary and  panel discussion with audience

during the museum’s of the Segregation in the Parks exhibit opening July 2010 - December 2010

Program features Tennis Pioneers, Jean Powell, Joseph Boston, and “products” of their influence

Peter Dutton, Pat Koger and Ann Koger - with Host, Harriet Lynn

Heritage Theatre Artists Consortium

116 W.University Parkway     Penthouse 3

Baltimore, MD 21210

ph/fax: 410-235-4457

Jean Powell, Tennis Pioneer & Peter Dutton, Tennis Pro

Reunite in Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park: A Community’s Pride Exhibit

and Archives

July 24 - Dec. 5, 2010

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Events @ Pratt

Tennis, Everyone   (Podcast)

Harriet Lynn, local theater and sports activist, will moderate a discussion with African-American tennis pioneers, Leon Bowser, Joseph Parham, Sr. and Jean Powell. This discussion follows the documentary, Tennis, Everyone!  based on oral history interviews with tennis pioneers conducted by Ms. Lynn and sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. The panelists will share their experiences about the integration and                     advancement of the sport at Druid Hill Park. 

Schedule: (click on the location to see map)

  1. Reisterstown Road Branch   Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 (11:00 a.m.)

Suggested Audience:

  1. Adults   Seniors