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Ashe's activism helped mold the future

Originally Published: February 6, 2003
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

When a statue of native son Arthur Ashe was proposed in Richmond, Va., there was a blaze of controversy -- as there was so often in his life.

The city's Monument Avenue already was populated by memorials to the heroes of the Confederacy, including Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart and Stonewall Jackson. A number of good old citizens objected to the idea of placing an African-American tennis player -- who died of AIDs-related pneumonia -- in that setting. Of course, many Ashe proponents, including ...

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