... is to provide opportunities for research, education, and advocacy; to encourage the efforts of youth and adults to work together to maintain a community resource center in honor of Negro Leagues Baseball, the game and the players.
SMNLB functions as a unique educational resource in Baltimore County and provides museum space that displays, honors, and preserves the artifacts and legacy of the Negro Leagues; showing contributions to the cultural history of the United States.
THE SMNLB FOUNDERS
On June 28, 2008, Hubert V. "Bert" Simmons (now deceased), along with his wife Audrey L. Simmons, and good friend, Rayner "Ray" Banks gathered a group of relatives, friends, and acquaintances to discuss plans for the development of a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The timing was perfect as there was a rise in interest surrounding the Negro Leagues and its ball players. Many of the players who were once considered "the greatest" of their time, had already passed and few remained. As a former Negro Leagues baseball player himself, Bert refused to face the possibility of losing such an important legacy in the history of our nation and thus, plans were underway to establish a museum. Here is the first opening at the basement meeting hall of the Lochearn Presbyterian Church.
November 20, 2013, the Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz, announced the permanent location for the Museum at the new Owings Mills Metro Centre Complex. The space was appropriately shared with the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and the Community College of Baltimore County. There was a grand opening in the Spring of 2014.