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Coming Soon to Owings Mills Branch
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Jim Fish, director of the Baltimore County Public Library, recently announced the permanent residence of The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. in the Owings Mills Branch of BCPL. The museum is named after the late “Bert” Simmons, who played for the legendary Baltimore Elite Giants in the 1950s. Audrey Simmons, Bert Simmons’ widow and executive director of the museum, pictured at left with the Oriole Bird, was on hand to speak directly about Bert’s legacy.
The museum, previously operating under the name Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland, Inc., had been housed in various temporary locations since 1996 until the county offered to give it a home in the new branch. The museum will be spread over all three floors of the branch, and rotating displays will feature many historical items telling the story of the Negro Leagues in Maryland.
“Baltimore County is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball,” said Kamenetz. “We are honored to share the photographs and artifacts with the thousands of folks who will pass through these doors.”
The museum is hoping to open in time for Black History Month in February, but should definitely be finished by “Opening Day.” BCPL is proud to be the home of this important piece of history.
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