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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Harmon Field / Cannon Street All-Stars

 
 
Harmon Field Marker<br>(<i>side 1 • faces north • Harmon Field on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
1. Harmon Field Marker
(side 1 • faces north • Harmon Field on right)
Inscription.  
Harmon Field (side 1)
Harmon Field, established in 1927, was one of many parks across the country created with support from the Harmon Foundation, a national philanthropic organization. Though dedicated to the "Recreation of All," state law mandated the racial segregation of public parks and Harmon Field remained a facility for African Americans until it was desegregated in 1964. Among other uses, the park was a venue for games played by amateur and semi-pro baseball teams.

Cannon Street All-Stars (side 2)
In 1953 the Cannon St. YMCA established the first African American Little League in S.C. and played games at Harmon Field. In 1955 the Cannon St. YMCA entered a team in the state Little League tournament. Rather than integrate, white teams boycotted and the Cannon St. All-Stars were state champions by forfeit. The All-Stars were invited to the Little League World Series, but not allowed to compete.
Sponsored by the City of Charleston, 2014

 
Erected 2014 by City of Charleston. (Marker Number
Cannon Street All-Stars Marker<br>(<i>side 2 • faces south • Harmon Field on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
2. Cannon Street All-Stars Marker
(side 2 • faces south • Harmon Field on left)
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
 
Location. 32° 47.564′ N, 79° 57.18′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on President Street south of Fishburne Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the northeast corner of Charleston's Harmon Field. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 President Street, Charleston SC 29403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burke High School (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Burke High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Septima P. Clark Expressway (approx. Ό mile away); The Parsonage / Miss Izard's School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cannon Street Hospital / McClennan Banks Memorial Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jonathan Jasper Wright (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cannon Street All-Stars get Historical Marker. The 1955 Cannon
Cannon Street All-Stars Marker<br>(<i>side 2 • tall view • Harmon Field on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
3. Cannon Street All-Stars Marker
(side 2 • tall view • Harmon Field on left)
Street Little League All-Star team will be honored Saturday with the unveiling of a historical marker former players and supporters hope will be placed at Charleston’s Harmon Field. The marker explaining the team’s sad but triumphant story makes its public debut at noon at the Arthur Christopher Community Center at 265 Fishburne Street. (Submitted on May 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. William E. Harmon Foundation (Wikipedia). The Harmon Foundation was established in 1922 by wealthy real-estate developer and philanthropist William E. Harmon. It originally supported a variety of causes, including playgrounds and nursing programs, but is best known for having served as a large-scale patron of African-American art that helped gain recognition for African-American artists who otherwise would have remained largely unknown. (Submitted on May 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Harmon Field Marker<br>(<i>side 1 • wide view • Harmon Field [upgrade in progress] on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
4. Harmon Field Marker
(side 1 • wide view • Harmon Field [upgrade in progress] on right)
Harmon Field (<i>view looking west across Harmon Field from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
5. Harmon Field (view looking west across Harmon Field from near marker)
Harmon Field Dedication Plaque, 1927<br>(<i>located on pedestal, on field, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 3, 2019
6. Harmon Field Dedication Plaque, 1927
(located on pedestal, on field, near marker)
Harmon Field
This playfield was made ours
through the assistance of the
Harmon Foundation
1927

Dedicated forever to the plays
of children, the development of
youth and the recreation of all
”The gift of land is the gift eternal”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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