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What's Going On : Diversity in Baseball
Date posted: July 1, 2015
Posted by: email@example.com (edited NURFC press release)
Photos: provided by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC)
Diversity in Baseball is the latest special exhibition at the National Underground
Railroad Center and opened June 26. The exhibition celebrates players who have
broken barriers and changed the game, making it more inclusive and reflective of
America’s diverse make-up. The exhibit opens as thousands of baseball fans from
across the country arrive in Cincinnati for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game
Through compelling illustrations and powerful stories, Diversity in Baseball
explores the challenges faced by the legendary group of players featured in the
exhibit, who broke racial, gender and physical barriers. One recognizable player
highlighted in this exhibition is Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 became the first
African American player in Major League Baseball’s modern era.
Cincinnati Reds fans will also find their team well represented in this exhibition
due to the Reds’ long history of inclusivity. From the early 1900s to today, the
Reds have been home to many Cuban players. During their tenure, Cuban-
American players Rafael Almeida (1911-1913) and Dolf Luque (1918-1929)
encountered many hardships, however, they persevered, becoming legends of the
great American pastime. Reds ownership is also highlighted in Diversity in
Baseball, specifically the purchase of the team in 2006 by Bob Castellini, Sr. and
the establishment of African American Capital Enterprises, LLC (A.C.C.E., LCC).
Diversity in Baseball features a baseball diamond, complete with a pitcher’s mound
and dugout. Visitors will have an opportunity to engage with actors who bring the
influential players featured in the exhibition to life, including Roberto Clemente,
Jean Faut, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson and Toni Stone. In addition to the
interactive baseball diamond, each text panel includes original illustrations by
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brand champion, Jesse Kramer.
“This exhibition is opening to the public as the nation is reflecting on important
issues regarding race and inclusion in professional sports,” says Dr. Clarence G.
Newsome, President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
“Diversity in Baseball will not only engage and educate the public on current
conversations, it will connect them to the courageous men and women who laid
the groundwork for future generations.”
Diversity in Baseball is included with general admission to the Freedom Center.
Learn more about Diversity in Baseball at freedomcenter.org .
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