On This Day
in West Virginia History...

Charleston Gazette article headline

On January 16, 1959, Minneapolis Lakers basketball star Elgin Baylor boycotted a game in Charleston to protest a local hotel's refusal to accommodate the team's African American players.

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Elgin Baylor Boycotts Basketball Game in Charleston
"Segregation Ruling Ires Pro Player"
"Warming Up"
"Baylor's Refusal to Play Here Brings ABC Protest"
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On This Day in West Virginia History: January

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