Basketball History Hangs at NY Arena

Vintage photos from the Black Fives Negro League school today's NBA fans at the Barclays Center.

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On Sunday, the Black Fives photo installment will be formally introduced, when the Nets host the San Antonio Spurs at the Barclays Center. Johnson hopes these images will illuminate this buried bit of history and inspire others to be as excited as he is about the lost league's legacy.

"I wasn't hoping somebody would discover [my work], but it validates the research. It's also a way to keep this legacy going," Johnson said. "This presentation is the end of a journey but the beginning of being able to motivate, inspire and teach kids."

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