New museum exhibit features 1st African-Americans to play for Packers

Posted at 9:23 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 22:23:02-04

The family of former Packers wide receiver Bob Mann, who was the first African-American to ever play for the Green and Gold, helped open a new exhibit at the Neville Public Museum Tuesday.

The exhibit is called "Delay of Game: Experiences of African-American Players in Titletown".

The display recognizes African-American Packers, who played for the team during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's.

Mann's family said despite the challenges he faced, Bob was always focused on football and always felt loved and supported by the City of Green Bay.

"He said it was difficult because there was nowhere to socialize, but you know, he knew he had a job to do," said Marilyn Matthews, daughter of the late Bob Mann. "His job was playing football. He would say there are two things: I'm here to do catch the ball and run it down the field and that's basically all there is to be done and the rest of it he said was just politics".

The exhibit will be open at the Neville Public Museum through the entire 2018 Packers season.