JACKIE ROBINSON: BARRIER BREAKER
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era and achieved Hall of Fame status. He later became the first African American to hold an officer-level position at a major corporation, served as an advisor to top politicians, actively promoted economic empowerment by co-founding a bank and a housing development company, and of course was a key figure in advancing equal justice and first-class citizenship from the 1950s until his death in 1972. Hailed a “…freedom rider before freedom rides,” Robinson’s name has become synonymous with breaking barriers.Become A Member
TRIBUTE TO AN AMERICAN ICON
The JACKIE ROBINSON MUSEUM celebrates the enduring legacy of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century, chronicling his trailblazing achievements against the backdrop of United States history. Invoking Robinson’s role as a champion for racial, social, and economic equality, the Museum’s programming places an emphasis on dialogue around critical issues that continue to challenge our society.
To EDUCATE visitors about Jackie Robinson, the athlete, activist, patriot, entrepreneur and family man in historical context.
To INSPIRE those interested in the history of social change and in exploring the prescription for greater progress.
To CHALLENGE people of all ages to practice empathy and pursue a life of achievement and purpose.
The Jackie Robinson Museum seeks to bring people from all walks together to commune, appreciate each other’s humanity and diverse experiences, and reflect on ways to work together to solve difficult social issues, as well as learn how one life can make a difference.
OUR FOUNDING DONORS AND SPONSORS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT
- City of New York
- Joseph J. Plumeri Foundation
- Major League Baseball
- Rachel Robinson
- Walter Family Foundation
- Yawkey Foundation
- Arthur Hayes
- The Estate of Michael Jackson
- Hess Corporation
- The Lewis Family Foundation
- Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD Community Development Block Grant Funds
- New York Mets
- New York Yankees
- Owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Stephen M. Ross
- Strada Education Network
- Tull Family Foundation
- Billye Aaron
- BMO Financial Group
- BNY Mellon
- Draft Kings
- Gregg Gonsalves
- Leonard S. Coleman, Jr.
- Martin L. Edelman
- Peter O’Malley
- Sheila C. Johnson Foundation
- Sobani Warner & Michael Strayhorn
- Steve Greenberg
The Jackie Robinson Foundation A Living Legacy
Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) administers one of the nation’s premier scholarship and leadership development programs for minority college students. With the opening in 2022 of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City, JRF will inspire and challenge the general public around the ideals embodied in the legacy of its namesake.Learn More About JRF
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