The Black League Baseball Museum is important for many reasons. It tells the history of the Negro League, but more importantly, it represents a beacon of hope for communities of color.
A few years ago, my fiance and I took a road trip for the courses she needed to take. We decided to make it a baseball road trip. We arranged a small league, got tickets for the home games of the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, visited several different soda shops, and then played a night game at Wrigley Stadium to end our journey .
As I mentioned everything was great in the end, there was only one stop to steal the show during the journey. I thought it would be cool, but I’m not fully prepared for the Black League Baseball Museum to snatch the show so easily.
The museum is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It is located in the 18th District and the Vine District, in the same building as the American Jazz Museum. It is appropriate that the Black League Baseball Museum will share space with a jazz museum. If there are two American art forms shaped and shaped by the great contributions of African Americans, they are baseball and jazz. The location of 18th and Vine is famous for its role in the development of jazz. Specifically, the American jazz style was born in the various nightclubs that made up the area in the 1920s (this distinction is shared with New Orleans, and you can’t go wrong either way).
The meanings of those museums are everywhere around the museum. The murals of the Kansas City monarch team are both old and Barker O’Neill’s murals, which occupy the entire side of the four-story building. The jazz notes of the passing buses strung across the street are confusing, as if they were about to come to life. Everywhere you go and every step you take is a reminder of the importance of this community, especially Kansas City, to black culture.
Inside its walls, there are exquisite historical relics and well-thought-out exhibitions that make every visitor feel the plight and importance of the Black League to baseball history, black culture and American history. The museum is also very ugly, constantly reminding black athletes of the difficulties they face when they are separated from white athletes. People kept reminding them that they were good enough to compete with their peers, but they were never allowed. The rise and fall of the Black League and Black Baseball are obvious to all.
The part that has never attracted enough attention in the history of the Black Alliance is the aftereffects of integrating businesses and communities run by blacks. It is a joyous victory to see people of color openly competing with white players. However, this victory ultimately came at the cost of the black alliance, and thanks to the success of the franchise of the various black alliances, these companies flourished in the colored communities. Major League Baseball has integrated in accordance with their terms, leaving the owners of the black team in the cold. Over the years, people of color have suffered losses due to the damage caused by MLB through its integrated approach.
For some time, the 18th district and the Vine area have been in disrepair. A vibrant community is ignored and rejected by society. Many companies are trying to revive the area, but they do so by changing the area. They are not interested in the people who make up the community or any of the surrounding communities. When they realized that they could not make money, these mainly white business owners left, and the area was hit after a heavy blow.
The reason why the Black League Baseball Museum plays this role is largely because the white business owners before the museum ignored the 18th District and the Vine District.
As we all know, the reconstruction of the 18th district and the Vine district began in 1990. This is the year the Black League Baseball Museum first opened. At that time O’Neil, Phil Dixon and others brought their vision of respecting black baseball history to the school district. Success does not happen overnight, but the mission of the museum is clear: to show the history of the Black Alliance, while making people of color proud of their achievements. This became more apparent when Bob Kendrick took over the museum in 2008, and the museum transformed from a mission statement to a cultural watering hole.
Today, the museum is thriving, and the surrounding colorful communities must have a reason to be proud. The 18th and Vine area has become a must-visit destination for anyone crossing the area. This did not happen due to gentrification projects or the efforts of white business owners. This happened because there is a place to commemorate the history of black baseball and once again give the community a sense of ownership of life, which has been lacking since the monarch took office in the country.
The Black League Baseball Museum is more than just a museum, its history, culture, and a bright beacon of a community are all integrated.
Post time: Mar-16-2021