75 years ago groundbreaking baseball player Jackie Robinson made history with his Brooklyn Dodgers debut. Now, fans can get an insightful look at the legend with the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in lower Manhattan. The 20,000 square-foot space will honor the life and legacy of the American hero.
From his civil rights activism, civic engagement, economic empowerment efforts, and public commentary, the museum will showcase Robinson's prolific engagement in American life and his historic athleticism. Educational programming for all ages is on the museum’s agenda, which includes forums, lectures and other events that address issues central to Robinson’s legacy.
Formed in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, The Jackie Robinson Foundation continues its mission with the new museum, which will help educate the public on Robinson's life.
"The Jackie Robinson Museum is the realization of a dream for my family. My mother has long hoped for a permanent space where people learn about the issues my father cared deeply about and the change he fought hard to affect,” David Robinson said in a statement. “We hope the Museum will be a place to not only learn more about his time in baseball and love of sports, but about all that he did to contribute to social progress. We extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who helped make this dream a reality.”
The estate of Michael Jackson, Nike inc, and The New York Yankees all helped to bring The Jackie Robinson Museum to life. The Museum will be open to the general public Thursdays through Sundays starting July 28, from 11 am to 6 pm. Pre-registration is required for entry at www.jackierobinsonmuseum.org. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children five and older.
Key items that will be on display include Robinson's United States Army uniform, his game worn Dodgers home uniform, Rookie of the Year Award, Most Valuable Player Award, NAACP Spingarn Medal, Original Baseball Hall of Fame plaque, Baseball Hall of Fame, and Robinson's Presidential Medal of Freedom.