Monday, February 28, 2011

Montreal honeymoon home of Jackie and Rachel Robinson recognized for historical significance

A ceremony is planned today in Montreal to commemorate the small apartment where Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, spent their honeymoon in 1946:

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled Monday at the lower-level duplex apartment that was home to the couple in the summer of 1946 when Mr. Robinson played for the minor-league Montreal Royals, less than a year before he broke the race barrier in what later became known as “baseball’s great experiment.”

Ms. Robinson, now 88, remembers their time in that apartment, just months after she and Jackie were married, as a honeymoon. They were welcomed by the predominantly white neighbourhood, which became a refuge from the racially charged taunts Mr. Robinson endured on the road.

“You can't make [enough] of the house because it's where the experiment started and the experiment went on to be a national success, so it led to something,” Ms. Robinson said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

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