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1406 Orange Street
Making Changes, Changing Minds
Dr. Hubert Eaton December 2, 1917 – September 4, 1991
“I am going to have to do something to change some of the things I have seen in this town to live in it.”
Dr. Eaton was a physician, a community activist, and an avid tennis player. As a civil rights advocate, he focused on equality and racial justice in the fields of education, medicine and sports. Dr. Eaton successfully litigated the desegregation of New Hanover County schools, taxpayer supported hospitals, the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course, and the Wilmington Public Library. He also played a significant role in integrating Wilmington College in 1962 and served on the Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina in later years.

Althea Gibson August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003
Dr. Eaton opened his home to Althea Gibson from 1946 to 1949, becoming her benefactor and teacher. She was the first black person to be accepted in the United States Lawn Tennis Association. Althea Gibson was also the first black person to play in Wimbledon in 1951 and in the French Open in 1956. In both 1951 and 1957, she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open Championship. She won nearly 100 professional titles in her almost twenty year career.

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