Lawmakers To Honor First African American MLB Player On "Fleetwood Walker Day" At Mural Unveiling
Mural dedication taking place on recently designated "Moses Fleetwood Walker Day"
October 05, 2018
 
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State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), David Leland (D-Columbus) and Thomas West (D-Canton) will deliver remarks in a mural dedication ceremony honoring the nation’s first professional African American baseball player, Moses Fleetwood Walker, on Sunday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Steubenville. Legislation sponsored by the lawmakers designating October 7, Walker’s birthday, as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio was signed into law last year.


“Walker’s life story is a perfect example of how we must continue working together to create a world in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” said Cera. “I’m glad that Jefferson County is memorializing such a gifted athlete and brave American.”


Walker began his professional baseball career with the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883, but his career was cut short in 1889 when both the American Association and the National League unofficially banned African American players. It was not until 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson finally broke the color barrier.

 
 
 
  
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