A private collection of rare photographs and other historical materials relating to the early Harlem Globe Trotters has been donated to the Black Fives Foundation Historical Archive.
The items are from the family of Michigan resident Cherithe Carroll whose uncle, Floyd Patrick Brewton, was an acquaintance of African American basketball star Roscoe “Duke” Cumberland, who played with the ‘Trotters and several other professional teams in the 1940s. Though best known as a Globe Trotter, Cumberland, who was originally from Toledo, Ohio, also played with the Chicago Studebakers, the Dayton Mets, and the Dayton Rens.
Upon her uncle’s passing (may he rest in peace) those items from his estate were discovered by the Carroll family and Cherithe took on the responsibility and challenge of finding a proper home for them. She eventually discovered our website and sent us an email to make contact.
“I pray these items will benefit in some way to the education of not only our young black children but be an educational tool for all races and all ages,” Cherithe says.
“We are grateful to the Carroll family for entrusting their precious artifacts to our care as well as for Cherithe’s patience and faith to keep looking until she found us,” says Claude Johnson, executive director of the Black Fives Foundation.
The timing for the Carroll family’s gift is perfect because just this past week, in a major initiative, we upgraded and expanded our entire Black Fives Foundation Historical Archive.
“I look forward to reading about and watching the growth within the Black Fives Foundation and personally bringing my grandsons to see the exhibit in the near future…or maybe they’ll be bringing me,” wrote Cherithe in a follow up note to us. “On behalf of the entire family of Floyd Patrick Brewton, God bless you…he would be pleased!”
Editor’s Note: The original post has been revised (11/30/2016) to correctly identify Bernie Price, who was previously listed as Roscoe “Duke” Cumberland, and to mark as unidentified the young boy previously mistakenly identified as possibly Jerry Saperstein.