On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field to play first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier throughout Major League Baseball. Robinson’s recruitment by Dodgers president Branch Rickey became known as Baseball’s Great Experiment. The Experiment succeeded and Robinson’s ardent crusade for opportunity forever altered the social and economic landscape of the country – helping to set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement.
To those who bore witness to Robinson’s electrifying play and commanding courage, or shared his journey through the Civil Rights Movement, his memory remains alive. However, many among today’s generation have not been exposed to his heroic legacy.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is proud to bring this multi-layered story to the general public with the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum, which will inspire visitors to embrace the humanitarian values that defined Robinson’s life and continue working toward “first class citizenship” for all Americans.
Nike / Phil Knight
City of New York (DCLA)
Owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League Baseball
Joseph J. Plumeri
New York Mets
CitiStrada Education Network
Michael Jackson Trust
New York Yankees
Lewis Family Foundation
Tull Family Foundation
Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
Sheila C. Johnson Foundation
Martin L. Edelman
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Sobani Warner & Michael Strayhorn
Allen & Company
- $32.8M / $42M