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February 10, 2016

Camp James Weldon Johnson

Camp James Weldon Johnson, named after the author, diplomat, and NAACP leader, was established in 1939 as a "fresh air" camp, drawing African American attendees from Pittsburgh and its surrounding neighborhoods.

August 5, 2015

From Stands to Stadium: Josh Gibson

A plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame credits Negro League slugger Josh Gibson with “almost 800 home runs,” earning him his popular nickname the “Black Babe Ruth.” Considered the greatest slugger in Negro League history, perhaps it is more fulfilling to call Babe Ruth the “White Josh Gibson.”

June 10, 2015

Remembering Billy Strayhorn

Pittsburgh’s Jazz legacy includes some of the greatest musicians, composers, arrangers, and singers in the history of the music. One of the greatest composers and arrangers was Westinghouse High School graduate Billy Strayhorn.