The Harlem Chicks And The Harlem Queens Basketball Team, 1958-1960

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The Dempsey Hovland‘s who managed the House of David basketball team in the 1930s, also created the New York Harlem Chicks basketball team the first all female African-American basketball team in the USA, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The segregated Harlem Chicks barnstormed North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington state, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming from 1958 to 1960. They played teams like the and some of the teams were the Missouri Redheads, Hazel Walkers Arkansas Travelers, Philadelphia Tribune Girls, the Chicago Romas, Iowa Colored Ghosts, and the Harlem Queens who also played the Harlem Chicks.

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In the photograph below the Harlem Chicks are practicing (backs turned to camera) with Judy Price in front from the Texas Cowgirls (who broke ground and opened for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1950’S, on their tours) shooting free throws in 1959.

Have you heard about the Harlem Chic’s?

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  3. i actually know one of the harlem chic’s she’s my sister-law alive and doing well Ruth talks about the team offten

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