In celebration of Black History Month, Sonoma State University's Library Art Gallery is showing a historical photo exhibition of the Negro Leagues, featuring photographs of players from 150 years to Jackie Robinson signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 to officially break the color barrier.
The traveling exhibit is from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. "Back in the 1800s, there were a few black players on white teams," said SSU librarian Karen Brodsky, who curates the gallery. Referring to a photo from 1887, she continued, "But somebody on this team refused to have his picture taken with a black player." The result was a "gentleman's agreement" to disallow black players, which was formalized in writing a decade later.