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Jackie Robinson Signed "Inter Faith Inter Racial Thanksgiving Service" Program in Framed Display
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,320
Program from the "2nd Annual Inter Faith Inter Racial and International Thanksgiving Service," held at the Fox Theater in Hackensack, New Jersey, on November 24, 1953, signed by Jackie Robinson. The legendary Hall of Famer has flawlessly inscribed the program in blue ink (grading 10") in the upper left corner, "Best Wishes/Jackie Robinson." Jackie Robinson broke organized baseball's long-standing color barrier in 1946 when he joined the Montreal Royals of the International League. The following season he became the first African American to play in the major leagues since Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884. Robinson fully understood the significance of the occasion and he continued to be an active supporter of the civil rights movement for the remainder of his life. Robinson obviously attended this service in 1953 and was kind enough to oblige one of the other attendees with his autograph at the event. Needless to say, this is the first example of this program we have ever seen signed by Robinson, and one that truly reflects his commitment to ending bigotry and racial discrimination during his day. The program (6 x 9 inches), which we assume is complete (number of pages unknown; not examined out of frame), displays a light vertical and horizontal fold, as well as few minor creases. In apparent Very Good to Excellent condition. Matted and framed together with a remarkable vintage civil rights protest photograph (9.5 x 7.75 inches) picturing Robinson and a number of other protesters including NFL HOFer Bill Willis picketing in front of a Woolworth store, circa late 1950s. The photograph alone is a tremendous item and is most ideal for display with the signed Inter Faith Inter Racial and International Thanksgiving Service program. Total dimensions: 15 x 23.5 inches. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,320
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