This Week In History – Jackie Robinson Took The Field

This Week in History

In This Week in History – sponsored by Upcountry Museum

On April 11, 1947 Jackie Robinson took the field as the first african american on a major league baseball team. While many today remember his anniversary of breaking the color barrier as April 15, the first season game for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves, his first game in a Dodgers uniform was actually April 11 in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. 

Jackie Robinson would later become a civil rights leader whose 1959 visit to Greenville, SC would ignite the first major protest in our city, launching the local civil rights movement. 

Learn more at the Upcountry History Museum.

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