Jackie Robinson 70th anniversary auction to benefit JRF ending April 29
Jackie Robinson was a constant advocate for Civil Rights both on and off the baseball diamond. He supported countless members of the Civil Rights movement any way he could, including selflessly giving away money he earned as a star baseball player and business executive. This check was a way for Robinson to support a group of Florida A&M University students arrested for a 1960 sit in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. Eight of the group, including sisters Patricia and Priscilla Stephens, served 49 days in jail as a consequence. It was in jail that Patricia Stephens reached out to Jackie Robinson, who supported the students with donations and publicity.
Robinson, in another gesture of unselfish goodwill, gifted Priscilla Stephens with this check, for the value of $250.00, to help her pay her next semester’s tuition at Florida A&M. Robinson signed this check, dated January 31, 1961, as well as Marian B. Logan, a cabaret singer and fellow activist. A note, “Tuition for Priscilla Stephens”, is scribbled in the bottom left corner. Stephens herself signed the back of the check. All signatures are in blue pen. The check is in good condition, save for cancellation punches and a crease in the middle. This lot also comes with numerous other banking slips. This item has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA.
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