PATERSON, NJ - On May 2, the Paterson Free Public Library will present the program: Before You Can Say "Jackie Robinson": Black Baseball in America and New Jersey in the Era of the Color Line.
Robert Scott, pitcher with the Negro league team, the Black Yankees, will be there to discuss his experiences as a “Negro league” player.
Also, Dr. Lawrence Hogan, Professor of History at Union County College, will discuss the history of Negro
league baseball, an exclusively African-American league that existed during America’s era of segregation. This presentation will examine this hidden history of America’s pastime on both a national and local level.Hogan will include exhibit materials and selections from the video documentary of the same name.
Paterson was one of the host cities for the old Negro Leagues. In fact, Hinchliffe Stadium is one of several American ballparks still standing where Negro League games were played.
The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. It will be held at 6 pm in the library's Assembly Room and is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Paterson Free Public Library is located at 250 Broadway in Paterson, NJ. For additional
information, please contact Andrew Luck, Librarian, at 973-321-1223 Ext. 2295.
New Jersey’s first Public Library – Founded in 1885