louise fulton

Group portrait of five women on bowling team, including Louise Fulton seated in center wearing shirt embroidered “Ray’s Dairy Bar, 2537 Wylie Ave. Pgh, Fulton,” and standing from left: Lola Montgomery Wilkens, Sara E. Broadie, Myra Davis, and Louise Graham, posed in Meadow Lanes bowling alley. 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

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Louise Fulton 
City: Pittsburgh 
State: PA 
Inducted: 2001  A bowling pioneer, Louise Fulton was a member of the women’s professional bowling tour in the 1960s and 1970s. Fulton was one of the first African-American bowlers to compete on the women’s pro tour. She was the first African-American to capture a professional bowling title, when she won the 1964 Princeton Open. Off the lanes, Fulton was a bowling proprietor, a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Women’s Bowling Association, a director of the Pennsylvania State Women’s Bowling Association, and a delegate to the Annual Meeting for nearly 30 years. She was elected to two terms as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Bowling Proprietors Association. Fulton was the first African-American bowler inducted into the Hall of Fame. She also was awarded the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award in 1999. Fulton was inducted into the National Bowling Association Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania State Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. - Bowl.com