August 7, 2008
Tuskegee, Al. - On the eve of the start of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, Tuskegee, Alabama honored Albany native Alice Coachman.
Coachman who lives in Tuskegee was honored on this her 60th anniversary of becoming the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Coachman won the long jump at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
It was a win that paved the way for many other African American athletes to go for their Olympic dreams in the last six decades.
And seeing all the children in attendance at Thursday's ceremony meant a lot for Alice Coachman.
Alice Coachman said "They are fine. I love my children now. I have been working with children for a long time. My children come first."
Alice Coachman is a member of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame.