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William W.M. Henry Comprehensive High School

In 1947 the General Assembly appropriated funding to build a comprehensive high school for Blacks and other persons of color residing in central Delaware. The site for the new school was selected in 1949. The state and the Delaware School Auxiliary Association allocated additional funding, and construction was begun in 1951. The new school opened […]

Jason Beach

Named after William C. Jason, the second President of State College for Colored Students (now Delaware State University), Jason Beach was a recreational destination for people of color from the 1930s through the early 1970s. Along with use as a swimming area, this location situated in Trap Pond State Park was also used for a […]

Women’s Suffrage Parade

On May 2, 1914, the Delaware Congressional Union and Delaware Equal Suffrage Association held a parade in Wilmington. Approximately 400 suffragists marched from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station to the New Castle County Court House at 10th and Market Streets. The Wilmington Equal Suffrage Study Club, a Black women’s suffrage organization, participated as a segregated group […]

Rabbit’s Ferry School 201-C

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 state when it closed in […]

Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort

On this site was located the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort. The hotel and resort operated from the early 1900s to the 1970s. In the pre-integration era of the 20th century, there were very few places for people of color to go for entertainment and hotel accommodations. Because of this, Rosedale Beach was a destination […]

Brown v. Board of Education

Delaware remained a racially segregated society until the mid-twentieth century. Though the segregation of public schools was supported by the “separate but equal” doctrine that had been upheld by the nation’s highest court, the facilities and services provided for students were hardly equal. Seeking to address this situation, citizens in the communities of Claymont and […]