Historic Markers Across Florida

Historic Jim Crow Section

Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.582    W 081° 0.933
  29.2097    -81.01555
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


"Historic Jim Crow Section"
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

Jim Crow was not the name of a person, yet the name "Jim Crow" affected the lives of millions of people. From the 1880's into the 1960's, a majority of American states enforced segregation through Jim Crow laws (so called after a black character in minstrel shows). "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States, designed to rob blacks of their civil rights and prevent them from mingling with whites in public places.

This section in which you stand, represents that time in history. On March 17,1946, Jackie
Robinson stepped onto this ball field and changed views and attitudes around the world about Negroes in professional baseball. This former “Jim Crow" section of the City Island Ballpark was overflowing on that day and black American veterans, without incident, integrated the “white stands".

(photo caption)
City Island Ballpark, circa 1940
Photo courtesy of Halifax Historical Society

Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.


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