Thursday, December 19

World Golf Hall of Fame Developing African-American Tribute

By World Golf Hall of Fame

(The following edited content was supplied by the World Golf Hall of Fame in a news release.)

THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM has begun creative development on "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf"—a new, permanent exhibition that will recognize the triumphs and contributions of African-Americans in the game. With the generous support of The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the USGA, the exhibition is expected to open in late spring 2014.

The exhibition will detail the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers such as John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today. The exhibition will also highlight the struggles and successes of notable golfers like World Golf Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford during the Civil Rights era and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.

Joe Louis and Charlie Sifford
"It was an honor to be the first African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame," said Sifford, who was enshrined in 2004.

"I am excited that this project is happening now and that fans will be able to see and learn from the stories of other great African-Americans in the game."

With contributions from The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the USGA, the Hall of Fame will create an exhibit that incorporates rare photographs, audio, video and memorabilia like Sifford's ground-breaking PGA player card from 1960, combined with innovative technology.

Best-selling author Pete McDaniel will serve as the lead writer on the project. McDaniel is the author of the acclaimed book "Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf" and co-wrote and co-produced the documentary "Uneven Fairways."

In addition, artist Mario Chiodo, renowned for his compelling sculptures based on history and social justice, will be bringing to life pivotal moments of African-Americans in golf.

"We hope that this exhibition will serve as both an educational and inspirational force that will highlight the power of the human spirit and golf's core values," said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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