Negro Leagues Baseball Graves Marker Project

Sol White's grave

Sol White’s grave

Just a short note today. I’ve found a very worthy organization centered around the Negro Leagues. A number of Negro League players died in poverty or near poverty. Some of them were buried without a proper headstone. The Negro Leagues Baseball Graves Marker Project is attempting to remedy that situation. So far, they have placed tombstones (very simple ones) on the graves of at least 24 former Negro League players and leaders (including Hall of Famer Sol White). In researching this, I found that such notable players as Josh Gibson went years without a gravestone.

If you are interested in this project you might have to go through SABR. The project website seems to be down. That may mean they have folded, but other info I’ve found indicates they are still active. Do not consider this a plea for money. I haven’t sent them any money myself and don’t ask you to do so. I merely want to bring this to your attention.

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2 Responses to “Negro Leagues Baseball Graves Marker Project”

  1. William Miller Says:

    Sounds like a very worthy project. I’ll have to check it out a bit more closely. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    Bill

  2. Bob Mayer Says:

    I attended the official dedication for King Solomon “Sol” White’s gravestone yesterday at Frederick Douglass Cemetery on Staten Island. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) had several representatives including Dr. Jeremy Krock, Head of the Negro League Gravestone Project, John Thorn, Official Historian of the Major Leagues, and several members of the SABR Negro League Committee. If you want to find out more, just go to SABR.com for information about the Gravestone Project. WE have several players in the hopper for the next few years, and yes, contributions are accepted.

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