The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, in partnership with The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri brings the exhibition Beisbol to Wichita Falls. Beisbol features a timeline of America’s favorite pastime and explores the connections of African American baseball history to Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. The exhibition opens January 23, 2020 and will be on view until March 13, 2020 at the Museum of North Texas History in downtown Wichita Falls.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Baseball Leagues, organized February 13, 1920. The league provided a playing field for African-American and Hispanic baseball players to showcase their world-class baseball abilities. The Negro Leagues would operate for 40 years and play a significant role in bringing the country together at the height of segregation in America.
There will be a number of educational programs held in conjunction with the exhibit including a Family Day at the Museum that will feature activities specifically focused on the Wichita Falls Black Spudders.
This is the fourth annual initiative organized by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture that celebrates African American Heritage Month. In 2017, The Alliance partnered with The Wichita Theatre to present Sepia – an exhibition of photographs. In 2018, the organization partnered with The Museum of Art at MSU Texas to present an exhibit of American Folk Art, Souls of Black Folk. In February 2019, the organization presented a special performance by Dallas Black Dance in conjunction with The Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre.
For more information about the exhibit, Beisbol or to schedule a group tour, contact the Museum of North Texas History at (940) 322-7628. The museum, located at 720 Indiana in downtown Wichita Falls, is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.