Effa Manley's House
This is the location of Effa Manley's former home in Newark. The first woman inducted in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, Manley oned and managed the Newark Eagles. Effa Manely was a white woman whose husband, African American businessman Abraham Lincoln Manley, acquired the Eagles and she managed the team. She was also a social activist who supported many of the boycotts of white merchants that refused to employ African Americans and also served as the treasurer of the local NAACP chapter. Furthermore, the Newark Eagles donated funds to support important community institutions such as the Booker T. Washington hospital which offered both medical services to the black community and training for physicians and nurses.
Backstory and Context
Effa Manley served as the business manager of the Newark Eagles and was responsible for scheduling games, public relations, and purchasing uniforms and equipment. The Newark Eagles played baseball until 1948 and produced many well-known African American baseball players, including five who were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She was also a leading local philanthropist and civil rights activist.
Manley, Effa (1900-1981). Blackpast.org. . Accessed August 10, 2018. http://www.blackpast.org/aah/manley-effa-1900-1981.