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Va. marker pays homage to black baseball team

Saturday - 2/23/2013, 10:41am  ET

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A new state historical marker is paying homage to the home diamond of the African-American Danville All-Stars.

The marker to honor Danville's Peters Park was dedicated Friday as part of the city's celebration of Black History Month. Participants at the dedication included former All-Stars player Eloyd Robinson.

In 1948, James Peters Sr. opened the park that bears his name and sponsored the Danville All-Stars at a time when America's pastime was still segregated. The park was also called Almagro Baseball Stadium. Peters Park was closed in 1952 as baseball began to integrate.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved the marker in January.

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