NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: (L-R) Ayo Robinson, Sonya Pankey, Founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Rachel Robinson, Meta Robinson, and Vice-Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Sharon Robinson attend the Jackie Robinson Museum Groundbreaking at the Jackie Robinson Foundation on April 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Jackie Robinson Foundation)
Recently, the nation celebrated the 70th anniversary of the legendary Jackie Robinson entering Major League Baseball as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the first Black man to play professional baseball in 63 years and the vanguard of racial barrier breaking all over American sports.
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Although he died in 1972, Robinson’s legacy endures, of course in baseball as the entire league retired his number, 42, in 1997, but also with the Jackie Robinson Foundation an education and leadership development programs for minority college students whch has provided more than $70 million in grants and direct program support to 1,500 students who have attended more than 225 colleges and universities.
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On Thursday, ground was broken in New York on a new endeavor to remember him: The Jackie Robinson Museum. The 18,000-square-foot space which foundation leaders say will further educate new generations about Robinson and perpetuate his legacy.
“Jack lived his life with such great purpose,” said Rachel Robinson, JRF Founder and wife of Jackie Robinson. “I hope that visitors to the Museum will not only learn about his journey and experience his energy, but that they will be inspired to view each day as a chance to make a difference.”
Joseph J. Plumeri, who chairs the museum’s Legacy Campaign, echoed the sentiment.
“This Museum is about honoring a legacy and the courage of a hero who shaped American history,” said Plumeri. “Through baseball and beyond, Jackie Robinson impacted a nation. He continues to serve as a reminder that all people deserve the absence of hate and discrimination and an equal opportunity to succeed.”
The foundation plans to open the museum in Spring 2019.
Take a look at a few photos from the ceremony above.