Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
James L. Usry
— 1922-2002 —
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.
Topics and series. African Americans • Education • Government & Politics • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
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 Avenue and No. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, on the right when traveling west on Atlantic Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford (within shouting 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). Touch for a list and map 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.
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