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Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Donates Items to the Smithsonian

By January 31, 2013

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Gabrielle Douglas, the first African American woman to win gold in the individual all-around gymnastics competition, has donated some personal items to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The items will be on display in the NMAAHC Gallery, located in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, beginning Feb. 1, 2013 as a kick-off to Black History Month. The items will go on permanent display at the new museum when it opens in 2015.

Douglas is giving the Smithsonian the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003; the grip bag, wrist tape and uneven-bar grips she used at the 2012 London Olympics; the ticket to the Olympics used by Douglas' mother, Natalie Hawkins; and credentials used by Douglas to gain access to Olympic venues. Also on display will be personal photos donated by Douglas and an autographed copy of her new book Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.

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