Historic Markers Across Georgia

Birthplace of Jackie Robinson

Marker ID: GHS 
Location: on Hadley Ferry Rd., Cairo, GA
County: Grady
Coordinates: N 30° 42.742    W 084° 12.857
  30.712366    -84.21428
Waymark: None


Birthplace of Jackie Robinson
First African American in Major League Baseball

Robinson was born here on January 31, 1919 before he and his family moved to California
in 1920. After attending U.C.L.A., serving in the U.S. Army, and playing in the Negro American Baseball and International Leagues, Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, breaking major league baseball´s color barrier. Adding to his many sports accomplishments, he served as special assistant to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, establish the first African American Modern Bank/Freedom National Bank, and provided housing for the underprivileged through his construction firm. Robinson died in 1972. The house burned in 1996.

2001.22 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and The Jackie Robinson Cairo memorial Institute, Inc. 65-1