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Honoring the African-American Experience

Jackie Robinson

Photo of "Jackie Robinson" sculpture

Sculptor Inge Hardison, 1981
Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, Manhattan

This sculptural bust honors the athlete who in 1947 broke the "color barrier" in Major League Baseball, when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His courage helped to inspire generations of ballplayers, and propel the integration of professional sports. The monument also includes two commemorative tablets, that along with the sculpture, which are located in dramatic entrance lobby of this W.P.A.-era facility.

Read the Historical Sign for the Jackie Robinson monument

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