Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
James L. Usry
Born in Athens, Georgia, this educator, mayor, professional athlete and longtime Atlantic City resident was affectionately known as “Big Jim.” He was a 6' 6" giant of a man who never raised his voice. Jim was a classroom teacher and school principal, rising to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Atlantic City public schools, and a visionary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. School Complex. Usry graduated from Lincoln University in 1946 with a B.A. and received a Masters Degree in 1971 from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). A U.S. Army Military Policeman, he was one of the first African-American professional basketball players to don the uniform of the Harlem Renaissance. Later, he became Atlantic City’s first African-American mayor and the President of the National Association of Black Mayors. Above all, he was a positive role model for three generations of Atlantic City children who knew him as “Pop Pop” Usry.
[Seal of the] City of Atlantic City, Incorporated March 1854.
Erected 2009 by the City of Atlantic City.
Location. 39° 21.639′ N, 74° 25.931′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sara Spencer Washington (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Herbert Brooks (about 600 feet away); Pierre Hollingsworth (about 700 feet away); Clifford J. Newsome (about 700 feet away); George William Nelson Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jeremiah Leeds (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); They Called It “KY & The Curb” (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
Also see . . . James L. Usry. (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. New York "Rens" basketball; WWII Veteran; 92nd Infantry Division; Republican Party.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Politics • Sports •
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