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JACKIE ROBINSON PARK ADDED TO TRAIL

A city park named in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in major league baseball, has been added to the list of Freedom Trail sites.

The Freedom Trail commemorates historic sites that tell the story of blacks in Connecticut. It was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1995.

"Certainly we have been waiting impatiently for 50 years to go by to put Jackie Robinson on the Freedom Trail," Al Marder, the Freedom Trail's chairman, said recently as he presented a plaque.

Marder says the National Parks Service requires that 50 years elapse before a site or event can be included on the Freedom Trail.

Robinson, a Stamford resident from 1955 until his death in 1972, broke major league baseball's color barrier when he began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.