Unearth The History Of African-American Baseball
The awe-inspiring story of the Negro Leagues is one of sheer determination and devotion. Strong-willed, dedicated athletes, who simply refused to accept the notion that they were unfit to share in the joys of America’s National Pastime. They were talented baseball players, first and foremost, who forged a glorious history during an inglorious era of American segregation. Their love of the game would change the sport and America too!
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.
The NLBM opened its doors to the public in a tiny, one-room office space in 1991 with a dream of building a permanent facility that would pay rightful tribute to America’s unsung baseball heroes. In November of 1997, under the leadership of its late chairman John “Buck” O’Neil, that dream became a reality when the NLBM moved into its new 10,000 square-foot facility.
Since that time, the NLBM has welcomed more than 2-million visitors and is regarded as one of the most important cultural institutions in the world for its work to give voice to a once forgotten chapter of baseball and Americana. In July of 2006, the NLBM gained National Designation from the United States Congress earning it the distinction of being “America’s National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.”
Find out more at nlbm.com.