- Associated Press - Sunday, February 27, 2011

MONTREAL (AP) - A quaint Montreal home that served as a sanctuary to Jackie Robinson and his wife while he advanced toward breaking down baseball’s color barrier is being recognized by the U.S. government.

That chapter in American civil-rights history will be celebrated Monday when U.S. diplomats unveil a commemorative plaque at the apartment Robinson and his wife Rachel called home in the summer of 1946.

The event will be attended by the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Montreal’s mayor and Robinson’s daughter as part of Black History Month.

Not too far from the house, Robinson made history at old Delorimier Stadium, thrilling fans of the minor-league Montreal Royals for one season in his final stop before integrating Major League Baseball the next year with the Brooklyn Dodgers.