Detroit Stars & The Negro Leagues chronicles the teams and legendary players who played America’s pastime during the era of segregation, when African Americans were banned from playing in the major leagues. The exhibition is open through Sept. 29 in the Allesee Gallery of Culture at the Detroit Historical Museum.
The exhibit, organized by the museum’s Black Historic Sites Committee (BHSC) in partnership with the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium and developed by the Detroit Historical Society, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Detroit Stars and showcases the remarkable saga of Detroit’s Black baseball history, including the Stars and their Hall of Fame outfielder Norman “Turkey” Stearnes.
Negro League teams and their legendary players are featured in rich, graphic display panels, including a life-sized painting of Turkey Stearnes by acclaimed Negro Leagues artist Phil Dewey of Ann Arbor. Upon entering the gallery, visitors will see a display dedicated to the history of women in Black Baseball. The exhibition also includes artifacts, memorabilia and a historic timeline of Black baseball in Detroit.
The Negro League Film Festival features films that complement the exhibition.