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Legacy Square

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logo Legacy Square is a permanent interactive exhibit to honor and preserve the history of the Negro Leagues and the great players from the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. The exhibit is located inside the Left Field Gate Entrance at PNC Park, and is unlike anything else found in Major League Baseball. The multiple elements of the interactive experience share the inspiring story of the remarkable people that helped revolutionize the sports and business world in their own way.

The exhibit features life-size bronze statues of former Negro Leagues greats Cool Papa Bell, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard, Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams. Each statue is accompanied by an interactive kiosk allowing fans to view a personal video and learn about the player's background, Hall of Fame honors and playing statistics.

The highlight of the exhibit is the Legacy Square Theatre, an indoor 25 seat movie theatre that presents the legacy of the Negro Leagues on many interactive levels.

The theatre features an interactive "chatting wall" that was created by the Entertainment Technology Center at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. As guests enter the theatre and pass in front of a wall mural of fans, built in motion sensors prompt one of six flat screen monitors to turn on and bring the fans to life. The visitor will see and hear from baseball fans what it was like to attend games played in the Negro Leagues, learn about the personalities of the players, and be entertained by the retelling of the folklore that surrounded Negro Leagues baseball in Pittsburgh.

The Legacy Square Theatre also features a photographic timeline of segregated baseball in America and how it paralleled baseball history in Pittsburgh, as well as a video presentation titled, "BUILDING A LEGACY: Pittsburgh and the Negro Leagues."

The 12-minute presentation begins with the introduction from life-size wax figures of Homestead Grays owner Cumberland Posey and Pittsburgh Crawfords owner Gus Greenlee. The figures appear in a baseball diamond diorama behind a chicken wire backstop. A video screen is then lowered and a film is played showcasing the history of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.

The film, which is narrated by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, is a blend of historical narrative, rare movie footage and first person interviews with journalist Mal Goode, local baseball legend Harold Tinker, Negro Leagues and Major League player Monte Irwin, Pittsburgh Crawfords player Clarence Bruce and Cumberland Posey's daughter, Oldie Posey Striblin.

For more information on taking tour of Legacy Square, please call 412-325-4700 or send an e-mail to pncparktours@pirates.com.

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