Traveling baseball exhibit coming to Morris Center in Ridgeland
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in downtown Ridgeland will present The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community.
Based on the 1998 book of the same name, this traveling exhibit, opening Saturday, Jan. 13, depicts America’s favorite pastime with more than 40 photographs. It will be on display until June 1.
From scrap metal baselines and rotted wood bleachers, to teams made up of brothers and neighbors in the community, Frye Gailard and his partner photographer, Byron Baldwin, captures it all in this exhibit, a news release said.
Gaillard was driving north on Route 521 in Sumter County when he discovered the homemade ballpark. He stopped to take photos of the players. The next season, Gaillard and Baldwin spent time watching and studying the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, made up of only African-Americans.
Segregated and separated, black players formed leagues of their own. 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community encapsulates a special time for brothers, fathers, and sons in the local communities.