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Join us for a “Lunch and Learn” on Thursday, February 27 at 12 p.m. to celebrate the contribution of black baseball to American history. In partnership with Berry College, guest speaker Larry Lester will speak on the legacy of a sport played in black communities all over the South, including Floyd County. Lester will join former Negro Leaguer, Rome's own Butch Haynes, at the Rome History Museum for a special discussion. Lester is an author, historian and co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Lunch will be catered by Doug's Deli.
This event will be followed with a guest lecture given by Lester at Berry College at 5 p.m. The lecture, “Only the Ball was White” will be held at McAllister Auditorium and commemorates the centennial of professional black baseball in America, marking 100 years since the founding of the Negro National League in February 1920.
The Rome Area History Museum is now managed by the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to learn about Rome’s history from its founding to current day. Guests can also shop the Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop inside the museum and bring home a piece of Rome.