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New Mural Honors Tennis Champ Arthur Ashe in Richmond

A new mural honoring black tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe has gone up in Richmond, his hometown.

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In this Wednesday July 12, 2017 photo, people walk through the newly unveiled mural honoring Arthur Ashe at the pedestrian tunnel to Battery Park in Richmond, Va. (Shelby Lum/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) SHELBY LUM / AP

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the mural painted in a pedestrian tunnel at a formerly segregated park was unveiled Wednesday evening, two days after what would have been Ashe’s 74th birthday.

More than 200 people attended the unveiling and events that included free tennis lessons for children.

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In this Wednesday July 12, 2017 photo, people walk through the newly unveiled mural honoring Arthur Ashe at the pedestrian tunnel to Battery Park in Richmond, Va. (Shelby Lum/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) SHELBY LUM / AP

The fundraising and creation of the mural was more than a year in the making.

Related: Flashback: Arthur Ashe discusses AIDS diagnosis

Ashe was not allowed to use Richmond’s whites-only tennis courts as a child. He left in disgust as a teenager and went on to become the first black man to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

He died in 1993 from AIDS-related pneumonia attributed to a blood transfusion.

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