— 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.
|Placed By||The City of Atlantic City|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:30am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 548917 N 4356953|
|Decimal Degrees||39.36065000, -74.43218333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 21.639', W 74° 25.931'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 21' 38.34" N, 74° 25' 55.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1707 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City NJ 08401, US|
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