Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Built to preserve the history of African-American baseball, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is an educational, informational, and fully immersive attraction based on a very important piece of social Civil Rights history. With artifacts dating back to the early 1860s leading through the 1960s, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a wholly authentic representation of African American baseball and of the state of social segregation in the United States. This is not a hall of fame, as it has been called, but a tool of education based on the complete story with all of the history, trials, and successes, and nostalgia of real-life events.
This self-guided museum follows the strict chronology of events of African American history as well as baseball history from 1860s-1960s. With text panels, full-size photographs of player and game highlights, touch screen computer exhibits with trivia, encyclopedic databases, and video, along with an informational 15-minute video entitled “They Were All Stars,” narrated by James Earl Jones, the museum is replete with authenticity and interesting information. Start with The Early Years gallery and follow the flow of exhibits to learn about the Pioneers, the “gentleman’s agreement” that unofficially banned black players from the major leagues, all the way through to the official Negro Leagues, Night Baseball, Celebrity Baseball, and more. End with a visit to the Field of Legends where you will find a mock baseball diamond and twelve full-size bronze statues of select, famous players.