The Negro Leagues Museum

1616 E 18th St Kansas City

Celebrate Black History in Missouri/The Negro Leagues Museum
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What were the Negro Leagues?

The Negro Leagues were established in 1920 after the National Association of Amateur Base Ball Players decided to refuse membership to African-American members. Founded by Rube Foster, the league experienced success after formulation and experienced another burst popularity after the Great Depression. When Jackie Robinson was accepted into a "white" league in 1947, the segregation of teams came to an end, and with it, the Negro Leagues.

The Museum

Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues, from the origin to the 1960s. Exhibits include hundreds of photographs, historical artifacts and interactive computer stations. As the centerpiece, the Coors Field of Legends features 10 life-sized bronze sculptures of Negro Leagues greats, positioned on a mock baseball diamond as if they were playing a game.

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A documentary film, narrated by actor James Earl Jones, tells the story of the leagues through vintage film footage. The Hall of Fame Lockers area pays tribute to the players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum store features officially-licensed Negro Leagues merchandise. In July 2006, the United States Congress designated this facility, America’s National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which is different from a Hall of Fame as it chronicles the history and not just the important players of the league.

When to go

For only $10, you can experience history any day of the week. As a family friendly museum, children younger than 5 are welcome for free.

Cover Photo from Jazz Guy via Flickr.
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