White marker ceremony goes splendidly


Just wanted to add a quick update on the dedication this past Saturday of the grave marker placed at Hall of Famer Sol White’s previously unmarked burial site in Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on Staten Island. I wrote about the event in, no pun intended, advance for the Staten Island Advance newspaper.

Sol White was a remarkable Renaissance man in African-American whose influence on the game was immediate and continues to be felt today. The fact that he was buried in a pauper’s grave — after dying in a Long Island psychiatric hospital, no less — was nothing less than tragic, and thanks to the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, that tragedy was rectified Saturday.

I wasn’t able to be there, but Patricia Willis, head of the Friends of Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, a group dedicated to rehabbing the cemetery in which Sol White lies and that partnered with the NLBGMP on the White marker effort, e-mailed me this description of the ceremony a few days ago:

 The ceremony was wonderful. The clouds went away, there was just the right amount of people there, the music was so enjoyable and the speakers and their remarks were absolutely on point and inspirational. Everyone said it was beautiful! I hope Sol White is saying the same thing.
We’re working on getting some pictures of the event posted within the next few days, so keep checking back!



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