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10 cool things to see at the Negro Southern League Museum in Birmingham

The Negro Southern League Museum is packed with baseball history and admission is free!

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball (MLB) made him a legend in his own lifetime. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted based upon his play in the Negro leagues.

On May 1, 1948, Sen. Glen Hearst Taylor (D-Idaho) was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked for "Negroes" rather than using the “whites only” door, and convicted of disorderly conduct. Taylor was in Birmingham to address the Southern Negro Youth Congress.

"Griffin children" of west Alabama land use demonstration project near Greensboro, Alabama. 1936. Library of Congress.

FORMER SLAVES | Original caption reads: “J.R. Dean,a southern Negro, who at the age of 22 was released from slavery, went into debt to the amount of over $400 to buy a 200 acre farm. He was a hard worker and made good and still owns the farm,as well as a house and lot in Ashville. Mr. Dean is now too old to work and is living with Mr. Hood, the hotel keeper at Ashville,Alabama.” (The photograph was taken for International Harvester’s Agricultural Extension Department. February…

Alabama State University was founded in 1867, in Marion, Ala., as a school for African-Americans. The school started as the Lincoln Normal School with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine, making ASU one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education founded for black American.