Hall of Fame Announces New Exhibit on “Baseball and Civil Rights”
In this time of civil unrest and a national re-assessment of where we are in the march for civil rights for all Americans, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is making some of their material concerning these topics available to the general public online.
In a press release this week, the Hall said, "We have launched a comprehensive educational resource that will further elevate the history of Baseball and Civil Rights in America. We remain dedicated to presenting the history of baseball’s role in social change. It is through the context of history that we understand the present and create a path toward the future. As a cultural and educational institution, we remain committed to sharing the reality of racial inequality and its history within America’s Pastime.
Black pioneers of the game, and many of our Hall of Fame heroes, have left an indelible mark on this most important issue. Their leadership and struggles while confronting racism have long served as foundational elements of our educational process, both within the walls of our Museum and externally through our learning curriculum."
This is not the first time the Hall has addressed exhibits on this topic. In the past they have debuted exhibits called "Pride and Passion: The African-American Experience in Baseball" as well as "Viva Baseball!" which highlighted the careers of Latin American players.
To view the new virtual exhibit titled "The History of Baseball and Civil Rights in America CLICK HERE.