Jackie and Mack Robinson Memorial – Pasadena, California - Atlas Obscura

Jackie and Mack Robinson Memorial

Two groundbreaking brothers from Pasadena. 


Though Hall of Fame baseball star Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, he spent his formative years in Pasadena, attending John Muir High School and Pasadena Junior College in the city. And while Jackie’s exploits as the man who broke baseball’s color barrier are understandably more well-known, his brother Mack also made sports history during the 1936 Olympic Games, taking the Silver Medal in the 200-meter sprint, behind teammate Jesse Owens.

This memorial then, pays tribute to both of the Robinson brothers. Jackie looks towards Brooklyn, New York, to symbolize the destiny waiting for him 2,800 miles to the east. His older brother Mack, who returned home to little fanfare and a city job that was later taken from him in retaliation for Black residents going to court to force the desegregation of municipal pools, faces toward City Hall, reflecting his complicated relationship with his hometown.

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located on Garfield Avenue, north of Union Street, across the street from City Hall.

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