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Negro League Baseball exhibit opens in Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

TOPEKA (KSNT) — The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has opened a new exhibit in the Alice C. Sapatini Art Gallery. Named Shades of greatnessthe exhibit is on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

“Tonight we will be opening Sabatini Gallery’s latest exhibit, Shades of Greatness, which is on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. We’re hearing jazz music from the Topeka Jazz Workshop, some light Horderve, and a chance to see this wonderful exhibit,” said Zan Popp, curator of the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.

Shades of greatness opened February 25 and will be on display until May 7, 2023. The exhibition features 35 original artworks produced by 28 different professional artists from around the country interpreting the Negro League experience on and off the game field . Renowned artist Kadir Nelson is the star of the talented roster of artists in Shades of Greatness.

This exhibit is made possible by The Library Foundation through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy needs wisdom.

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For this exhibit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum worked with artists to explore deeper stories and themes within the history of Negro league baseball. Shades of greatness honors and celebrates African American history and sports.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 East 18th St, Kansas City, Mo., is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on America’s social progress.

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