The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is excited to present The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community. Based on the 1998 book of the same name, this traveling exhibit, opening January 13, 2018, depicts America’s favorite pastime with over 40 photographs.
From scrap metal baselines and rotten wood bleachers, to teams made up of brothers and fellowship in the community, Frye Gailard and his partner photographer, Byron Baldwin, captures it all in this exhibit. Gaillard was driving north on Route 521 in Sumter County when he discovered the homemade ballpark and stopped to take photos of the players. The next season, both Gaillard and Baldwin spent time watching and studying the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, S.C., made up of only African Americans.
It wasn’t until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 and major league baseball became the pastime for white players and fans. Segregated and separated, black players were forced to form leagues of their own. 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community encapsulates a special time for brothers, fathers and sons and local communities.
521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community will be on display through June 1, 2018. The exhibit is a part of a traveling exhibition program offered through the South Carolina State Museum. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.