Saturday, August 1, 2015

Barnstorming with the Anderson Monarchs

Learning history through baseball, the Anderson Monarchs, an 11-year-old baseball team from Marion Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia, is embarking on a 3,500-mile barnstorming tour from New York to Kansas City and back, all in a 1947 bus, to mark the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.

The Anderson Monarchs get ready to begin another barnstorming tour in their 1947 bus on June 17, 2015. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )

The Anderson Monarchs baseball team from South Philadelphia is taking a 23-day, 20-city tour of civil rights sites in the South. The team of 13- and 14-year-olds is named after the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Marian Anderson, and the Negro Leagues team on which Jackie Robinson starred, the Kansas City Monarchs.

Frank Fitzpartick: Last week, as their 23-day tour of civil-rights landmarks was about to begin in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), the Anderson Monarchs learned that nine black churchgoers had died in a South Carolina massacre.
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