Arthur Ashe Monument

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The Arthur Ashe Monument in Richmond, Virginia pays tribute to the legendary tennis player and civil rights advocate, Arthur Ashe. Unveiled in 1996, the statue portrays Ashe holding a tennis racket and books, symbolizing his athletic excellence and commitment to education. Ashe's remarkable achievements on and off the court, including his fight against racial discrimination, make him an inspiring figure in American history. The monument's inclusion on Monument Avenue, previously known for Confederate statues, represents a step towards diversifying public monuments and recognizing important African American figures. (Submitted by Kelli Seeman-Smith)