NLBM closes temporarily due to COVID-19

November 30th, 2020

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be closed for at least 10 days after it was revealed on Sunday that two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The NLBM hopes to reopen on Dec. 8, according to NLBM president Bob Kendrick. During the shutdown, the museum will do a deep cleaning of the offices and make sure the staff is 100 percent healthy.

This marks the second time the NLBM has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was shut down for almost three months from March 15 to June 12.

“It’s kind of another chapter of what has been a draining year, although the year has been filled with tremendous highs and tremendous lows,” Kendrick said via telephone. “This is just one more episode. Otherwise, we just roll with the punches.”

Despite this year's setbacks, the NLBM raised its profile by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. The museum is located on East 18th Street, between Vine and Highland, just across from the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

On Aug. 16, all 30 Major League clubs celebrated the centennial, with players, managers, coaches and umpires wearing a Negro Leagues 100th anniversary logo during games. The logo, which was created by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, was also featured on base jewels and lineup cards.

The NLBM is a privately funded, nonprofit organization; annually renewing memberships to support the museum are available ranging from $25 to $1,000. Membership includes free admission for the year, a 10 percent discount on merchandise from the NLBM Extra Inning Store and advance information on special events. Members also receive a gift and additional benefits at each level of support.