Port Washington's African-American Heritage

1960s

Stewardess Board, Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, 1963

afam036(l. to r.) Marjorie Biddle, Florence Longworth, Minnie Biddle, Reverend Brown, Mary Veit, Lizzie Biddle

The board met every first Sunday of the month at Communion.

Gerald Biddle on his Motorcycle, 1960s

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Bill "Showboat" Dumpson, Harlem Globetrotters [1960s?]

bill-showboat-dumpson-small-fileAccording to the Harlem Globetrotters All-Time Roster, William Dumpson was a guard, 6’1″, from South Carolina State A&M.  Bart Cosolito, former sports editor of the Port Washington News, once said, “Bill Dumpson was probably the Jackie Robinson of Nassau [County] basketball.”

Dumpson also played Negro Leagues Baseball from 1950-1953 for a number of teams, including the New York Black Yankees.  See his profile at the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum for more information about his athletic careers.