Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African-American to break the modern day Major League Baseball color barrier. His extraordinary baseball skills, appealing personality, intelligence and courage, contributed to make this significant accomplishment possible. In breaking the baseball color barrier, he challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial segregation in both north and south. Jackie’s leadership opened the doors for other minorities into professional sports and the corporate world. In 1997, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this momentous event, Jackie Robinson was honored as a man who stood defiantly against those working against racial equality and acknowledged the profound influence of one man’s life on American culture.
At Jackie Robinson’s retirement, Brooks Lawrence, a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and a former Negro Leaguer, paid tribute to Robinson: “You opened the door for me and others who followed you and when you opened it you threw it wide open. You gave us a new way of life for which we will be eternally grateful.”
After retiring from baseball, Jackie Robinson actively supported human rights, fighting anti-semitism and fundraising for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackie Robinson died in 1972,
Caption: Jackie Robinson
Photo courtesy of Peter Simon
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
Location. 29° 12.551′ N, 81° 0.989′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from East Orange Avenue 0.1 miles east of South Beach Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Althea Gibson (here, next to this marker); Roberto Clemente (a few steps from this marker); Willie O’Ree (a few steps from this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gifted Athlete (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Exceptional Athletic Ability (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
Regarding Jackie Robinson.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.