African American


Judge Yarbrough's Sports Memorabilia

Judge K Patrick Yarbrough, Winnebago County's first African American judge

This sports exhibit will feature items from the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford Rivets and Rockford IceHogs.

Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough, Winnebago County’s first African American judge is the Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit of the State of Illinois, presiding over juvenile criminal and abuse and neglect cases. Judge Yarbrough is a Rockford, IL native who graduated from Guilford High School (1979), received his Bachelor of Arts from Ripon College (1983), Ripon WI, and his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law (1988).

Judge Yarbrough is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and this display will include memorabilia he has collected for decades. One of the highlights of this exhibit is a Chicago Cubs Baseball Collage with a vintage pennant, Sunoco Buttons, tickets and photographs. The exhibit also includes autographed baseballs from Chicago Cubs players and  Jack Brickhouse. 


Chicago Bears fans will enjoy seeing a football autographed by Dick Butkus and a football autographed by Gayle Sayers. A Minnesota Vikings Football Collage with autographs from Jim Marshall, Stu Voigt, and Chuck Forman and an autographed Alan Page Jersey are part of the football section.


Other highlights in this exhibits are a Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Collage featuring Hockey Player Cards and  photographs, an autographed Buck O’Neil baseball (Negro Baseball League) and  Rockford Peaches autographed items just to name a few.

The Judge Yarbrough’s sports memorabilia exhibit will be on display August 5th to mid-November 2018. The Ethnic Heritage Museum and Graham-Ginestra House are open every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. General admission to both museums is only $7 individual, $15 per family or free to members.