Woodland Cemetery is one of the oldest black cemeteries in the Richmond area. It contains the graves of numerous prominent African Americans, including the notable Richmond minister John Jasper and the tennis star Arthur Ashe. Born in Richmond on July 10, 1943, Ashe was one of the great American tennis players. His professional accomplishments included championships at Wimbledon (1975), the Australian Open (1970), and the U.S. Open (1968). He also became known for his books, the three-volume series A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African American Athlete (1988), and he collaborated with Arnold Rampersad on Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993). He died on February 6, 1993, in New York City after a prolonged battle against an HIV infection he acquired through blood transfusions. He is buried beside his mother. A wrought iron fence surrounds the site.
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