Thank you for attending the February Accelerent Breakfast powered by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.
I would like to thank my Accelerent Partners and their guests for embracing the Accelerent nonprofit initiative launched in January 2013. As a collective, we have made an impact in our community and have provided support to several local nonprofit organizations. At the breakfast in January we introduced Kansas City Region of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating program. Today I want to shift your attention to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 by a group of local historians, business leaders and former Negro Leagues baseball players, including Kansas City Monarchs outfielder, Alfred Surratt,Buck O’Neil, and Horace Peterson. The museum is a privately funded, nonprofit dedicated to preserving the rich history of African American Baseball and is located in the heart of the 18th & Vine historic district.
The museum chronologically charts the progress of the Negro leagues with informative placards and interactive exhibits. Its walls are lined with pictures of players, owners, and officials of Negro league baseball from the Negro National League of 1920 through the Negro American League, which lasted until 1960. As one progresses through the exhibit, one moves forward through the history of Black baseball. In one area of the museum, there are lockers set up for some of the legends of the Negro leagues. One can see game-worn uniforms, cleats, gloves, and other artifacts from stars such as Josh Gibson, the "Black Babe Ruth." By far the most impressive aspect of the museum, however, is the Field of Legends. Separated from the visitor at the entrance by chicken wire, it is accessible only at the end of the tour. One can walk onto a field adorned by nearly life-sized bronze statues of twelve figures from Negro league history.
As we begin to think about another season of baseball in Kansas City, take a few hours and go visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Thank you for helping the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with their mission to preserve the rich history of African-American Baseball.. My team and I look forward to seeing you at a future Accelerent event.