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In 1849, Caper and Leah Carlisle deeded a quarter-acre of land to Meeting House Trustees Jacob Allston, Peter Carlisle, James Collins, Perry Hawkins, and Nathaniel White. The Carlisles and the trustees were part of a free African American community located nearby at Cassons Corner. A wood-framed church was built on this site after 1849 and was reconstructed in 1879. Carlisle African Methodist Episcopal Church formally incorporated in 1921 and remained active through at least 1937. A cemetery remains at this site. Known surnames of those interred here include Downs, Driggus, Fisher, Fulman, Hovington, Johns, Robinson, Ross, Scott, and Simmons.

Originally installed in 2021.


The Honorable William Charles “Trey” Paradee, Delaware State Senate, 2021

The Honorable William Bush, Delaware House of Representatives, 2021

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2276 Sharon Hill Rd, Dover, De 19904

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