American Negro League Baseball Association

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The American Negro League Baseball Association is an association made up of former Negro League baseball players and supporters. The group has been raising funds to open a Negro Leagues Museum.

They had proposed locating it in downtown Birmingham's Civil Rights District, and secured a contract on the Booker T. Washington Building at 17th Street and 3rd Avenue North. In May 2008 the group agreed to combine their efforts with a parallel project proposed by the Alabama Negro League Association under the auspices of a city-authorized board.

Interviewed during the 2009 Southern League All-Star Game in Hoover several members of the association voiced disagreement with those plans, saying that it would "dilute the history of black players during segregation". They argued for their original plan to construct a museum focused on the Negro American League players in the Civil Rights District.

References

  • Wolfson, Hannah (December 23, 2007) "Baseball veterans and supporters want to build a Negro Leagues museum in downtown Birmingham." Birmingham News
  • Oberholzer, Kristin (May 14, 2008) "Groups unite to develop Negro Leagues museum." Birmingham News
  • Solomon, Jon (July 14, 2009) "Former Negro League baseball players honored in Birmingham at Southern League All-Star Game." Birmingham News