Discover Greatness: Now Extended Through December 2020

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This traveling exhibit, on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, showcases African American baseball from the 1800s through the 1960s.


Now Extended Through December 2020


A Museum guide showing a group of students the augmented reality feature of the Discover Greatness exhibition

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Poster for the Discovering Greatness exhibition

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Museum Visitors experiencing the augmented reality feature of the Discover Greatness exhibition

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A wall of photos and information from 1920-1931 at the Discover Greatness exhibition

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A Museum guide with a group of students at the Discover Greatness exhibition

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Two young men experiencing the augmented reality feature of the Discover Greatness exhibition

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Visitor notes from the

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A comprehensive collection of 90 vintage photographs document the rich history of African American ballplayers since the beginnings of the game, including:

  • The earliest pioneers of black baseball
  • The emergence of the Independent Leagues
  • The Negro Leagues formation and growth
  • Jackie Robinson’s debut in the Majors
  • The first generation of barrier-breaking players

Enhancing the exhibition, the Museum’s one-of-a-kind augmented reality experience uses artificial intelligence to bring the black and white images to vivid life. Together the photographs illuminate the long and complex history of African American participation in our national pastime, offering a unique perspective on both historical and contemporary issues of racial equity and social justice.

 

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 Montclair Foundation, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum*, New Jersey Council for the Humanities**, The Provident Bank Foundation and The Albert Payson Terhune 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.

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