Mr. Edward Simmons Director of Crispus Attucks

Mr. Edward Simmons, longtime early Executive Director of the Crispus Attucks Center from 1942 to 1953…..He was also a Nationally ranked Tennis player. In 1935 he became the first officially recorded appearance of a black tennis player in Flint history. He became Flint’s first black tennis champion. The first champion to win the tournament in three straight sets. First black to represent Flint in a State Tennis Tournament, also the first black to win a State match from Flint. While in York he was very active Politically and Socially,,,,,serving as head of the local NAACP and speaking out on many issues important to the Growth of York’s Black community…….


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Author: jkirk

Founder and Chief Researcher for the York African American Historical Preservation Society