Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Leagues Baseball

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues in 2020, this traveling exhibit, on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, showcases African American baseball from the 1800’s through the 1960’s. 90 photographs document the history of black ballplayers through history:

  • Independent Leagues
  • Formation of the Negro Leagues
  • Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier in the Major Leagues
  • decline of the Negro Leagues

To enhance the visitor experience, the Museum has commissioned an augmented reality experience that leverages artificial intelligence to bring vintage black and white images in the show to vivid life. Together the photographs illuminate the complex history and struggles of African Americans in our national pastime, bringing to the fore both historical and contemporary issues of racial equity and social justice.

The exhibition will be open to the public from September 18, 2019 through June 20, 2020.

The DISCOVER GREATNESS exhibition and its attendant education programming were made possible in part by the generous support of the following: Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum*, New Jersey Council for the Humanities** and The Provident Bank Foundation.


*The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation of Negro Leagues baseball history, has organized this traveling exhibition.

**Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.