Negro League baseball will return to Bronx at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, on April 1, 2011. The Negro League Baseball Museum will display its “Times, Teams, & Talent” exhibit, in the museum’s South Wing.
The exhibit is sponsored by the 161st Street Business Improvement District as part of its Opening Day celebration of the 2011 baseball season. “Times, Teams, & Talent” provides an introduction to the Negro League and baseball greats like – Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. “Times, Teams, & Talent” includes photographs showcasing the history of African-American baseball and the desegregation of Major League Baseball. In addition to the traveling exhibit, the Museum will screen two Negro League videos: “They Were All Stars” and “Only the Ball Was White.”
A complete schedule for the exhibit and an announcement of special guests will be provided at the press conference.
The Negro League Baseball Museum is the world’s foremost repository for information and artifacts pertaining to the Negro Leagues. It is based in Kansas City in the 18th and Vine Historic District and is paired with the National Jazz Museum.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is the flagship cultural institution of the Bronx. The museum was founded in 1971 with a focus on 20th-century and contemporary art and a mission to serve the culturally diverse populations of the Bronx and New York City.
The 161st Street BID sponsored The Hispanic Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame exhibit in Lou Gehrig Plaza in 2009. The BID is one of 64 across New York City administered by Small Business Services whose Commissioner is Robert Walsh.