'Opening Day' at the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball
After More Than a Decade, the Museum Finds a Permanent Home in Owings Mills
Towson, Maryland (March 27, 2014) – Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially opened the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball in the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). The new $30 million facility in the Metro Center also houses the Owings Mills campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
About the Museum
The museum, previously operating under the name Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland, Inc., had been housed in various temporary locations since 1996 until the County offered to give it a permanent home in the new library.
At the ceremony, Kamenetz honored the late "Bert" Simmons, who played for the legendary Baltimore Elite Giants in the 1950s and for whom the museum is named.
Five years after his death and 73 years after he began playing baseball in the Negro Baseball Leagues, Hubert "Bert" Simmons' dream became a reality with a bona fide, professionally designed museum. Audrey Simmons, Bert's widow, and Ray Banks, a life-long friend of Simmons spoke about their gratitude to the County for making Bert's dream a reality.
The Owings Mills Library is located at 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117.