Center for African American Heritage
The purpose of the Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans. This capital initiative currently is in the planning and development stage, with a planned completion date of fall 2016. The Center for African American Heritage will be headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus.
Delaware’s first documented black resident was Antoni Swart, also known as Black Anthony, an enslaved African transported from the West Indies in 1639. Over the centuries numerous African Americans such as Reverend Peter Spencer, Louis L. Redding, William “Judy” Johnson, Ed Loper and Val Whiting have contributed to the betterment of the state. The Center for African American Heritage will use a variety of methods to present the African American historical record. Museum and web exhibitions, school-based educational programs, lectures and special events will complement current historical society programs on African American history and culture.
The development of the Center for African American Heritage is being led by a statewide Advisory Council in concert with the Delaware Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, professional staff and content specialists. To learn more about the Center for African American Heritage and to add your name to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 655-7161.