Signed Jackie Robinson Contracts on Display For A Limited Time
Jackie Robinson’s contracts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Montreal Royals - historic documents that led to the breaking of baseball’s color barrier -- will be on display at the National Constitution Center for a limited time only Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 5.
The documents arrive to the National Constitution Center less than two months after the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution apologizing for the racism Robinson experienced during his visit to the city in 1947.
On April 11, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, leading to the integration of Major League Baseball. This contract, in addition to the contract he signed in 1945 when he joined the minor league team the Montreal Royals, will be featured in the Center’s Main Exhibit, The Story of We the People.
* See the contracts during our Memorial Day Weekend Celebration and for FREE on Memorial Day.
The documents are on loan to the National Constitution Center from Collectors Cafe, courtesy of founder and CEO Mykalai Kontilai.