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521 All Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community
Opens February 13, 2019

521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community

Based on the 1998 book The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community, this exhibit depicts the game in its purest form: scrap metal base lines, rotten wood bleachers, teams made up of brothers, fathers and sons, and most importantly, fellowship within the community.

Until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, major league baseball was the pastime for white players and fans. Segregated and separated, black players were forced to form leagues of their own.

In 1996, author Frye Gaillard was driving north on Route 521 in Sumter County when he discovered a homemade ballpark and stopped to take pictures of the players. He and his partner, photographer Byron Baldwin, spent the next season and a half watching and studying the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, S.C. The teams are comprised only of African-Americans.

Thank you to the South Carolina State Museum, Columbia SC, for making this traveling exhibit available. Museum funding for this exhibit is through the City of Seneca Hospitality Accomodations Tax