OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will announce the permanent residence of The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. in the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). The new $30M facility in the Metro Center also houses the Owings Mills campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).
The Museum, previously operating under the name Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland, Inc., had been housed in various temporary locations since 1996 until the County offered to give it a permanent home in the new library.
Kamenetz will make the official announcement at a ceremony and honor the late “Bert” Simmons, who played for the legendary Baltimore Elite Giants in the 1950s.
“Baltimore County is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball,” said Kamenetz. “We are honored to share the photographs and artifacts with the thousands of folks who will pass through these doors. The Negro Leagues Baseball legacy will live on through museums, such as we will have here in Owings Mills.”
Ray Banks, a life-long friend of Simmons and curator is gratified to have the new site for the approximately 1,000 artifacts presently in the Museum. Audrey Simmons, Bert’s widow and executive director of the Museum, will be in attendance at the ceremony.
The Museum is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014 – just in time for “opening day.