Celebrate the history of the Chocolate Co-Eds, a pioneering all-Black women's basketball team formed on the South Side of Chicago in 1934. Featuring a 6'-7" center named Helen "Streamline" Smith, this was the first African American female barnstorming squad, traveling extensively throughout the Northwest to Alberta, Oregon, Idaho, and California as well as in the Midwest through Iowa and Nebraska. Sponsored by the Club Store, a Black-owned cooperative market in Bronzeville, the squad was known as the Club Store Co-Eds when playing at home.
100% combed and ring-spun cotton, pre-shrunk, side-seamed construction, with shoulder-to-shoulder taping. Black Fives Foundation insignia on right sleeve.
• Colors: Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Brown, Milk Chocolate
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
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Images: Chocolate Co-Eds newspaper ad, 1938. Helen Smith (left) and Bernice Marshall of the Chocolate Co-Eds, circa 1938.