Long-awaited museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of Jackie Robinson opens in Manhattan

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has formally unveiled a nearly 20,000-square-foot museum in Lower Manhattan dedicated to celebrating the remarkable life and preserving the indelible legacy of the color line-breaking baseball legend who, in 1947, became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the United States during the 20th century. Georgia-born, California-raised Robinson’s signing to the Brooklyn Dodgers effectively ended racial segregation in the MLB. The second baseman and civil rights icon played with the Dodgers through 1956 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He passed away on October 24, 1972, in Connecticut.

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