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Jackie Robinson Museum opens after 14 years of planning

The Jackie Robinson Museum, long dreamed of and in the works for more than the storied career of the man it honors, opened Tuesday in Manhattan with a celebratory ceremony attended by the barrier-breaking player’s widow and two of his children of.Rachel Robinson. who turned 100 on July 19, watched the half-hour outdoor celebration from a wheelchair in 80-degree Fahrenheit heat, then cut a ribbon to close a project that began in 2008. Her 72-year-old daughter, Sharon, also watched from a wheelchair and son David, 70, spoke to the crowd of about 200 seated in folding chairs set up on a closed section of Varick Street, a major thoroughfare where the 19,380-square-foot museum is located. Opens to the public Sept. 5 “The issues in baseball, the issues that Jackie Robinson challenged in 1947, are still with us,” said David Robinson. “The signs of whiteness alone have been removed, but the complexity of equal opportunity is still there.” Rachel Robinson announced the museum on April 15, 2008, the 61st anniversary of Jackie breaking the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Robinson became the NL Rookie of the Year, the 1949 NL Champion and MVP, a seven-time All-Star and a World Series champion in 1955. He hit .313 with 141 homers and 200 stolen bases in 11 seasons and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson, who died in 1972, had an impact beyond baseball, galvanizing a significant portion of American public opinion and strengthening the civil rights movement. “There is nowhere in the world where the dream is associated with our name — or the name of our country,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “There is no such thing as a German dream. There is no such thing as a French dream. There is no such thing as a Polish dream. Damn, there is an American dream. And this man and wife took that dream and forced it America and baseball let me tell you” you will not be a dream on a piece of paper, you will be a dream in life. We are better because of No. 42 and because he had an amazing wife who understood that dream and vision.” A gala dinner was held Monday night to preview the museum, which contains 4,500 items, including game equipment and items such as Robinson’s 1946 minor league contract for $600 a month and his 1947 rookie contract for a $5,000 salary . The museum also has a collection of 40,000 images and 450 hours of footage. A 15-piece band played at the ceremony, which included former pitcher CC Sabathia, former NL president Len Coleman and former Mets owner Fred Wilpon, along with players union head Tony Clark and Hall of Fame president Josh Rawitch. “Without him, I wouldn’t be me,” Sabathia said. “I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of playing Major League Baseball.” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, director Spike Lee (wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers hat) and former tennis star Billie Jean King were also on hand.” it seems like we’re more divided than ever,” King said. “People like Jackie Robinson have been a great reminder every morning, every afternoon that we have to do the right thing every day.” Initial projections had a 2010 opening and a cost of $25 million. The Great Depression caused a delay. Ground was finally broken on April 27, 2017, when the Jackie Robinson Foundation said it had raised $23.5 million of the planned $42 million, and the museum was set to open in 2019. The pandemic caused more delays, and the total amount raised was to $38 million, of which $2.6 million was contributed by the City of New York. Tickets will cost $18 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and children. The second floor includes an education center, part of a plan envisioned by Rachel Robinson. “She wanted a permanent tribute to her husband where people could come and learn about him, but also be inspired,” said foundation president Della Britton, who led the work. “We want to be that place, as young people say now, a safe space, where people can talk about race and not worry about the initial reaction that happens when you say something on social media,” said David Robinson proudly. . “He was a man who used the word ‘we,'” David said. “I think today Jackie Robinson would say I accept this honor, but I accept this honor on behalf of something far beyond my individual self, far beyond my family, far beyond my tribe . Jackie Robinson would say don’t think of you standing on my shoulders, I think I’m standing on the shoulders of my mother, who was a sharecropper in Georgia, my grandmother, who was born a slave.”

The Jackie Robinson Museum, long dreamed of and in the works for longer than the storied career of the man it honors, opened Tuesday in Manhattan with a celebratory ceremony attended by the barrier-breaking player’s widow and two of his children .

Rachel Robinson, who turned 100 on July 19, watched the half-hour outdoor celebration from a wheelchair in the 80-degree Fahrenheit heat, then cut a ribbon to close a project that began in 2008.

Her daughter Sharon, 72, also watched from a wheelchair, and son David, 70, addressed the crowd of about 200 seated in folding chairs set up on a closed section of Varick Street, a major thoroughfare where the 19,380-square-foot museum is located. It opens to the public on September 5

“The issues in baseball, the issues that Jackie Robinson challenged in 1947, are still with us,” David Robinson said. “The signs of whiteness alone have been removed, but the complexity of equal opportunity is still there.”

Rachel Robinson announced the museum on April 15, 2008, the 61st anniversary of Jackie breaking the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Robinson became the NL Rookie of the Year, the 1949 NL champ and MVP, a seven-time All-Star and World Series champion in 1955. He hit .313 with 141 homers and 200 stolen bases in 11 seasons and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

Robinson, who died in 1972, had an impact beyond baseball, galvanizing a significant swath of American public opinion and strengthening the civil rights movement.

“There is nowhere in the world where the dream is attached to our name — or the name of our country,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “There is no German dream. There is no such thing as a French dream. There is no Polish dream. Damn, there is an American dream. And this man and wife took that dream and forced America and baseball to say you don’t become a dream on a piece of paper, you become a dream in life. We are better because of No. 42 and because he had an amazing wife who understood that dream and vision.”

A gala dinner was held Monday night to preview the museum, which contains 4,500 items, including game equipment and items such as Robinson’s 1946 contract for $600 a month and his 1947 rookie contract for a $5,000 salary. The museum also has a collection of 40,000 images and 450 hours of footage.

A 15-piece band played at the ceremony, which was attended by former pitcher CC Sabathia, former NL president Len Coleman and former Mets owner Fred Wilpon, along with players union head Tony Clark and Hall of Fame president Josh Rawitch.

“Without him, I wouldn’t be me,” Sabathia said. “I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of playing in Major League Baseball.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Spike Lee (wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers hat) and former tennis star Billie Jean King were also on hand.

“It seems we’re more divided than ever,” King said. “People like Jackie Robinson have been a wonderful reminder every morning, every night that we have to do the right thing every day.”

Initial projections had it opening in 2010 and costing $25 million. The Great Depression caused a delay.

Ground finally broke on April 27, 2017, when the Jackie Robinson Foundation said it had raised $23.5 million of the planned $42 million, and the museum was set to open in 2019. The pandemic caused further delays, and the fundraising total rose to $38 million, of which $2.6 million was contributed by the City of New York.

Tickets will cost $18 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and children. The second floor includes an education center, part of a plan envisioned by Rachel Robinson.

“She wanted a permanent tribute to her husband where people could come and learn about him, but also be inspired,” said foundation president Della Britton, who spearheaded the project. “We want to be that place, as young people say now, a safe space, where people can talk about race and not worry about the initial reaction that happens when you say something on social media.”

David Robinson said his father would be proud.

“He was a man who used the word ‘we,'” David said. “I think today Jackie Robinson would say I accept this honor, but I accept this honor on behalf of something far beyond my individual self, far beyond my family, far beyond my tribe . Jackie Robinson would say don’t think of you standing on my shoulders, I think I’m standing on the shoulders of my mother, who was a sharecropper in Georgia, my grandmother, who was born a slave.”

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