The Derrick C. Jones Residency on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era

April 12 - 18, 2015 at Appalachian State University

Derrick C. Jones ’79, will return to Appalachian April 12-18 for a residency featuring lectures and presentations on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era for audiences on campus, at public schools and in the community.

Jones, semi-retired after 33 years as a public educator, has always been interested in the Negro Leagues. He has conducted extensive research about that era of American history (1920-1960) for the last 20 years, though he is quick to say his passion is “just a hobby.”

The Negro Leagues were an important institution in the fight for civil rights for African-American athletes. However, that era is seldom taught in public schools, leaving this important part of our national history largely unknown.

As an extension of his research, Jones began to gather memorabilia from that time period. His collection has grown into an extensive assortment of Negro Leagues jerseys, baseball mitts, vintage trading cards, autographs, photo collections, figurines, and numerous other Negro Leagues collectibles and artifacts. Many pieces are authentic to the period; some are replicas.

Over time, Jones also developed an interactive program titled “A History of the Negro Leagues Baseball Era and Players,” which he has shared with schools and communities across North Carolina and Virginia. Children are invited to participate in the presentation by wearing reproductions of size-appropriate jerseys of famous players and reading short biographies of stars like Jackie Robinson, “Cool Papa” Bell, John-Henry “Pop” Lloyd and Josh Gibson.

School principals, teachers and students have given Jones’ presentation outstanding reviews. One principal wrote, “This was … a great experience, not just for my students, but for my staff as well. I could hear, see, and smell the ball field. All that was missing was the peanuts.”

Schedule of Events

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Mr. Jones’ “Traveling Museum of Artifacts from the Negro Leagues Era and Players” will be on display in the Multicultural Center and in the International Hallway on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union from April 13-April 17, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Derrick C. Jones Residency on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era is sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, with support from Belk Library and Information Commons, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, and Dan’l Boone Inn.

Hosts for Jones’ presentations and lectures include the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, Appalachian’s Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Diversity Celebration, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Mabel School, the Department of Sociology and Watauga County Library.

For additional information, call 828-262-2144 or email Susan King at kingsh@appstate.edu.