Negro league star’s grave gets marker 53 years after death

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A former star in the Negro baseball league has finally received a grave marker more than 50 years after his death.

A ceremony Sunday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington dedicated a limestone grave marker for George “Anner” Shively.

The two-time MVP and seven-time All-Star died in 1962 and was buried in an unmarked grave.

Shively’s great-grandnephew, Seth Debro, tells The Herald-Times that the marker helps his generation connect with their ancestors and gives them a place to visit.

About 100 people attended the memorial dedication.

Shively’s marker is one of 11 that now sit just off the road in the southwest section of the cemetery.

They represent the culmination of nearly a year’s work.

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