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Jackie Robinson's Historic Dodgers Contract on Display in Philadelphia

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    A Jackie Robinson exhibit featuring historic contracts goes on display at the National Constitution Center in Old City Philadelphia. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2016)

    A piece of modern baseball history will be on display in Philadelphia for the next couple of weeks.

    The original contract Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 that allowed him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball will be featured at the National Constitution Center from May 26 until June 5.

    Mikalai Kontilia, CEO of Collectors Cafe, the company loaning the contract to the Constitution Center, brought both the Dodgers' document and the contract Robinson signed with the minor league Montreal Royals in October 1945 to The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad show on Tuesday morning.

    "What's amazing is, these contracts, finally, after 60-some odd years, have been unearthed, discovered and the American people can finally see the Jackie Robinson contracts," Kontilia said.

    The Dodgers' contract plays an important role in American history, and not just in terms of sport. Many people point to then-Dodgers owner Branch Rickey's signing Robinson as a starting point in the American civil rights movement.

    Kontilia said a historic documentarian appraised the contracts at a value of $36 million.

    For more on the contracts, check out the segment from Breakfast on Broad.

    Photo credit of Robinson signing contract: DodgersNation.com.