|Eddie Berry, Eddie Brooks, and [Art] Bevelry, 1936|
Norman Davis Photographic Collection, gift of Norman B. Davis
Baseball really boomed in Washington following the Civil War, when thousands of men returned to the area from the battlefield and traded their rifles and canteens for bats and baseballs. Over the years Washington, D.C., has had black teams and white teams; professional teams and amateur teams; neighborhood teams and city-wide teams. Baseball has long been a part of Washington, D.C.’s social fabric— a sometimes unifying factor in a city struggling not only with its local/federal government identity but also with long-standing segregationist tendencies.
The Norman Davis Photographic collection is being digitized so keep checking here for images of Edward Berry and other community baseball players!
Based on research for Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia.
Anacostia Community Museum Archives