A new exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture will pay tribute to black hockey players, like Willie O’Ree, who was the first black player in the National Hockey League.
The “Sports: Leveling the Playground” gallery, the display case explores the beginnings of hockey and the contribution of black athletes to sport.
“The space covers the involvement of black players in the history of hockey, the role they played in the modernization of the sport in the 19th century, the influence of hockey in the personal development of young African Americans and the growing number of black hockey players in the NHL. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture said in a statement.
Among the items on display will be a stick used and signed by Joel Ward as well as a patch and magazine from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, paying homage to the history of black hockey players in the DMV area. .
It’s awesome! A new showcase at @NMAAHC will feature black athletes in hockey. Items on display will include a stick used and signed by Joel Ward as well as a patch and magazine from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. #ALL IN CAPITALS @ wusa9
– Tom Hunsicker (@ TomSportsWUSA9) June 2, 2021