GREENSBORO -- Friday Nites in Caroline will present "The Celebration of Negro League Baseball in Maryland" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Greensboro branch of the Caroline County Public Library.
Negro Leagues veterans Al Burrows and Luther Atkinson will discuss the trials and triumphs of African-American baseball in the pre-Jackie Robinson era. Life-sized displays of prominent Negro Leagues players, uniforms, photos and other memorabilia will be on loan from the Hubert V. Simmons Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland. In addition, James McPherson will open the event with a reading of the classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat."
Maryland's two most prominent Negro Leagues teams were the Baltimore Black Sox and the Baltimore Elite-Giants (for whom Hall of Famer Roy Campanella and Junior Gilliam played).
The Hubert V. Simmons Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland functions as a unique educational resource in Baltimore County. It was established in honor of Negro Leagues baseball players and their contributions to the cultural history of the United States. The museum collects, preserves and displays photos, books, artifacts and memorabilia that tell the story of African-Americans in baseball from the early 1800s to the present. Visit nlbmminc.org for more information.
For more information on Friday Nites in Caroline, call 410-479-1343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All Friday Nites programs are free and open to the public.