April 15 marks the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating Major League Baseball by taking the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. Sunday, every major leaguer will honor Robinson by wearing his No. 42 jersey.
Throughout Maryland history, black athletes have shattered other significant racial barriers, some during Robinson’s era, some still struggling today. From the first black Baltimore Orioles player, to the first black winner of the Preakness, we look at a few Maryland firsts. We also talk with a current black jockey who dreams of one day riding in the Preakness.
Click on each locker or photo to read each athlete's profile. Capital News Service graphic by Drew Grossman, Aaron Carter.