Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
— Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Rachel Isum and Jack Roosevelt Robinson met in 1941, when she was a freshman-nursing student and he a senior and star athlete at the University of California, Los Angeles. They became engaged as Jackie went into the Army as a private and left as a commissioned officer and a tank commander. Rachel finished her five years of college and nursing school and graduated in June 1944 with the Florence Nightingale Award for clinical excellence. Rachel and Jackie were married on February 10, 1946. Mrs. Robinson is credited with providing the capacity to Jackie to endure the physical and emotional trials in his career. Rachel and Jackie had three children, Jackie, Jr. (tragically killed in an automobile accident), Sharon, and David. Rachel is the founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides scholarship and leadership skills programs for minority and underprivileged youths.
“I soon learned that all the books in the world cannot really make one understand what it means to be a Negro with dignity and self-respect in an area where segregation is entrenched by custom and supported
Jackie and Rachel Robinson, Jim Crow seating area, City Island/Jackie Robinson Ball Park 1946
Photo courtesy Rachel Robinson
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
Location. 29° 12.582′ N, 81° 1.005′ 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. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackie's First MLB Spring Training Game (here, next to this marker); Mary McLeod Bethune (here, next to this marker); First Spring Training (here, next to this marker); Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach (here, next to this marker); Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier (here, next to this marker); Wendell Smith And Billy Rowe Hall Of Famer (here, next to this marker); Sports Memories (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
More about this marker. This Daytona Beach Ballpark is named in honor of famed Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson. In 1946, Daytona Beach was the only city along the spring season circuit to allow Robinson to play. This event helped Robinson to eventually break the color barrier in major league baseball. On October 22, 1998, this stadium was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports • Women •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.