Historic Markers Across Florida

Jackie Robinson - Early Beginnings

Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.577    W 081° 1.002
  29.20961666    -81.0167
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Jackie Robinson
Early Beginnings
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 3i, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, the grandson of a slave and the son of a sharecropper. In 1920, jack's father, Jerry, abandoned his wife, Mallie, and their five children, Edgar, Frank, Mack, Willa Mae, and Jack. Mallie Robinson's uncle invited them to move to Pasadena, California, and she packed up their belongings and boarded her “freedom train." On a domestic's salary she was able to purchase a four bedroom cottage at 121 Pepper Street. Mallie was a pioneer who escaped from bigotry and now refused to accept abuse. She instilled a positive identity, self-esteem, and an intense feeling of entitlement in her children.

(photo caption)
“Is this the environment (California) I want for my kids and myself? Can we flourish here?"
Mack, Jack Edger, Willa Mae, Frank and Mallie Robinson, Pasadena, California, circa 1925
Photo courtesy of Rachel Robinson

Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.


Photo can be found on the HMDB.org web site.