Robinson honored with NY museum

The long-awaited opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum finally arrived Tuesday in Manhattan. Among the honorees was Rachel Robinson, 100-year-old wife of the first Black to play in the Majors.

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July 26, 2022 - 3:06 PM

A painting of Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and Buck O’Neil. Photo by Jill Toyoshiba / The Kansas City Star / TNS

NEW YORK (AP) — Long dreamed about and in development for longer than the big league career of the man it honors, the Jackie Robinson Museum opened Tuesday in Manhattan with a gala ceremony attended by the 100-year-old wife of the barrier-breaking ballplayer 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 heat, then cut a ribbon to cap a project launched in 2008.

Her 72-year-old daughter, Sharon, also looked on from a wheelchair and 70-year-old son David spoke to the crowd of about 200 sitting on folding chairs arrayed in a closed-off section of Varick Street, a major New York thoroughfare where the 19,380-square-foot museum is located.

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