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African American
Cambridge Massachusetts
Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett
First director of the Harvard Gymnasium
The medicine ball's first recorded appearance stateside

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Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett

Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett
He is seated with Indian clubs, a medicine ball, dumbbells, and a wand, these instruments were known as the "Four Horsemen of Hand-Held Exercise Tools".

He became the first African American on the staff at Harvard University, serving as the first director of the Harvard College Gymnasium, and as an instructor in physical education and curator of gymnastic equipment from 1859 until his death in 1871.

Hewlett's physical education instruction included the use of exercise equipment and clubs to strengthen the body and improve the form.

Hewlett's position on the Harvard staff contrasted sharply with the status of enslaved blacks during the Antebellum Era and with that of southern blacks during the Civil War.

Photo: Harvard University Archives
Bio: Sports in American History by Gerald R Gems and Linda J Borish and Gertrud Pfister

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