SOUTH WILMINGTON - Cradle of African-American Political Leadership

William J. Winchester, after serving 16 years on Wilmington City Council, became the first of his race elected to the Delaware House of Representatives. He served from 1948 until his death in 1952. Herman M. Holloway, Sr., became the first African-American elected to the State Senate in 1964. Henrietta Johnson was the first African-American female elected to the House of Representatives, servicing from 1970-1978.

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LOCATION: Wilmington. New Castle Avenue, one block from South Claymont Street intersection.