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Broadkiln Hundred

SC-29: Originally installed in 1932. Originally known as Broadkill Hundred, after creek of that name, kill being Dutch work for creek. Name changed by General Assembly 1833 when Georgetown Hundred was set off. In 1835 Act was repealed, and Broadkiln Hundred embraced same territory as before 1833. Georgetown Hundred again set off in 1861.   […]

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KC-72: Installed in 2001.   The history of this community can be traced to the 1780s when members of the Mifflin family began dividing their land into lots. Much of this land was originally a part of a tract known as Brecknock, which was granted to Alexander Humphreys in 1680. Located at the intersection of two […]

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Brandywine Village

NC-101: Installed in 1998.   Around 1740 water-powered mills began to appear in this area where the Brandywine River ends its journey – falling 124 feet in its final five miles. Small vessels carrying grain from nearby farms sailed directly to the mills. Other ships laden with flour sailed away to distant markets where Brandywine […]

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Burton v Wilmington Parking Authority

NCC-238: Installed on 10/18/2018.   In August 1958, Wilmington City Councilman and Civil Rights activist William “Dutch” Burton worked with the NAACP to expose the racially discriminatory practices of the Eagle Coffee Shoppe. The restaurant was located on this site in a complex owned and operated by the Wilmington Parking Authority. When Burton was denied service […]

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

KC-111: originally installed in 2008. It is believed that parishioners of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church were worshiping in a private residence on North Street by 1859. The church eventually moved to a site on Church Street to accommodate the growing congregation. On March 2, 1895, Bethel AME Church was formally incorporated. In April of […]

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Israel United Methodist Church

SC-271: originally installed on 12/11/2018. In 1840, Israel United Methodist Church formed in the Belltown community west of Lewes. Israel established a cemetery in 1854 and formally incorporated in 1877. The congregation rebuilt the church in 1890 and again in 1916. Over time, the 1916 structure has been updated with the additions of a vestibule, […]

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Jack Lewis

SC-268: originally installed on 10/15/2018. John I. “Jack” Lewis (1912-2012) moved to Delaware in 1936 as an artist with the Civilian Conservation Corps tasked with documenting activities at CCC camps in the state. After serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to Delaware and lived in Bridgeville for […]

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Rabbit’s Ferry School 201-C

SC-266: originally installed on 12/11/2018. Rabbit’s Ferry School educated Native American and African American students of the Robinsonville area from 1920-1965. Built in 1919 through Pierre S. du Pont’s school rebuilding program, the school served students in grades 1-8 and later, grades 1-6. Rabbit’s Ferry was one of the last active one-room schools in the […]

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Children’s Fishing Pier

SC-265: originally installed on 4/26/2018.   The Great March Storm of 1962 significantly damaged homes, businesses and roads along the Delaware coast. Following the storm, the Village Improvement Association (VIA) used the wood from nearby damaged buildings and the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk to construct the Children’s Fishing Pier as a memorial. The pier was completed […]

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Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School

NCC-240: originally installed on 4/16/2019. The Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School opened in 1953 and served African American students in grades 1-12 in the Middletown area. It replaced the smaller Middletown School 120-C, a three-room wood structure on East Lake Street. The school was named in honor of Delaware’s first African American lawyer, Louis […]

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