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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is designed as an education tool. Visitors experince an immersive environment of information, sound, and nostalgia. Since it is set primarily as a self-gudied tour experience, you choose how much informaton you want to absorb. Still, when you enter the exhibit, you must follow the directed path. The exhibit features a design that harkens back to the days of old brick baseball stadiums, like old Comiskey Park in Chicago, complete with antique styled turnstiles. You are purposely "segregated" from other parts of the exhibit by a "chicken" wire backstop. You must learn the history in order to "take the field" with the legends of black baseball. Once inside, the exhibit features:

• A timeline of African American history and baseball history which highlights events beginning in the 1860s up through the 1960s.

• A chart and map list the teams and communities of the Negro Leagues from 1920-1955, the primary operation period.

• Several hundred recreated photographs and manuscript pieces from African-American baseball arranged chronologically.

• Several hundred text panels and photograph captions which allow you to follow the highlights of Negro Leagues teams and player histories.

• Lifestyle exhibits which highlight black business, such as the hotels and barbershops, as well as fashion and style of the era.

• A number of strategically placed touch-screen computer exhibits, which feature trivia questions, full motion video, and data base encyclopedia of players and teams.

• Twelve life sized bronze sculptures of Negro League players. 11 of them are men honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 10 statues are positioned on the Field of Legends, a mock baseball diamond, where this mythical all-star team looks to be engaged in an epic battle. Visitor's are welcomed to walk onto the field. The statues include "Rube" Foster, "Satchel" Paige, Josh Gibson, "Buck" Leonard, "Pop" Lloyd, "Judy" Johnson, Ray Dandridge, "Cool Papa" Bell, Oscar Charleston, Leon Day, Martin Dihigo, and "Buck" O'Neil.

• Several short film exhibits which add information about the museum and the league history. A short 4 minute introductory film explains the exhibit design and set up. The main film, They Were All Stars, is 15 minutes long and scheduled on the half-hour in the Grand Stand Theater. It is narrated by legendary actor James Earl Jones. Later, you can watch an 8 minute film in the Diamond Theater featuring interviews of Negro Leagues players narrated by Bernard Shaw. Other short films include rare old film footage and interviews.

• Music and sound effects which make you feel that you have stepped back in time.

• Small collection of art donated or loaned to the museum is also on display in various areas of the gallery.

The gallery is divided into these sections:

The Early Years shed light on black baseball and its origins after the Civil War

Pioneers highlights those early black players in college, professional and semi-professional ranks that attempted play during the early segregation period.

Drawing the Line discusses the so called "gentlemen's agreement," which unofficially banned black players from major professional leagues at the turn of the century.

Great Independents showcases the black teams and stars who thrived prior to formation of the first official Negro Leagues.

The Negro Leagues shows the founding of the Negro National League in Kansas City 1920, and the early success it brought to teams and communities nationwide.

Traveling Men chronicles the early travel conditions and hardships of life on the road.

Night Baseball offers information on the origins of one of baseballs major innovations in the 1930s.

Celebrity Baseball highlights the great black community leaders, entertainers, and athletes who admired Negro Leagues baseball.

The Golden Years discusses the fall and re-emergence of the Negro Leagues during the Great Depression. It also showcases the origins of the famous East/West All-Star game.

Beisbol brings to light the great legacy and connections of black baseball to Latin America.

Satchel gives brief highlights of the most famous Negro Leagues star, Satchel Paige.

Clown Teams offers a balanced view the famous teams in the Negro Leagues which offered vaudville styled entertainment along with their baseball skills.

Hometown Teams showcases Kansas City as one example of communities rallying to support the Negro Leagues.

Changing Times offers a glimpse at the first attempts to intergrate in the modern day game of baseball, and its ultimate success with Jackie Robinson in 1945.

Power of the Press illuminates the sports writers and newspapers of African-American communities who followed the games and pushed for equality in baseball.

The End shows the ultimate closing of the leagues after intergration.

Major Leagues highlights the great black players who moved from the Negro Leagues and became stars in the Major Leagues.

Heroes of the Game lockers honors those Negro Leagues players who are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Local Legends pays respect to those individual Negro Leagues veterans who helped educate others to the history and helped pave the way for the museum efforts in Kansas City.

Field of Legends, the end of the tour, features the mock baseball diamond and bronze statues.