Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely
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Jersey for the Cleveland Browns worn and signed by Jim Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor, Community Galleries

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Learn about the contributions of athletes on and off the field. Because sports were among the first and most high-profile organizations to accept African Americans on terms of relative equality, sports have a unique role in American culture. Artifacts on view include sports equipment; awards, trophies, and photos; training logs and playbooks; and posters and flyers. A grip bag and uneven-bar grips used by African American gymnast Gabby Douglas in the 2012 Olympics, a white terrycloth robe worn by Muhammad Ali, and the track shoes and gold medals of Carl Lewis are among the artifacts in the museum’s sports collection.