Black History and Culture

Black History in Delaware
People, Places, Events


Black Firsts in Delaware

Herman M Holloway, Sr.
First African American elected to the Delaware State Senate 

Louis Redding
First African American lawyer in Delaware

In 1951, Redding took on the school desegregation cases of Belton v Gebhart and Bulah v Gebhart. The cases became part of the landmark civil rights case Brown v Board of Education. 

Black History Places

First State Heritage Park Programs
T: 302.744.5055

Walking Tour: Tales of Slavery and Freedom
Learn about Delaware's complicated position regarding freedom and slavery, and its role as a border state during the Civil War. Learn about the brave group of runaway slaves known as the Dover Eight and how they made a daring escape from the Dover jail.


Delaware History Museum
504 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Black History Programs:
Delaware and the Underground Railroad
What was it like to seek freedom on the Underground Railroad? Students explore this question as they learn about freedom seekers and the brave men and women, both enslaved and free, who made this region one of the most successful routes to freedom in the years before the Civil War.
(Grades 3 - 6)

Delaware's African American Heroes
Students encounter five African American heroes from Delaware who broke barriers and overcame obstacles to achieve personal greatness and expand opportunities for others.
(Grades 1 - 6)

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

Emeline's Journey: Flight to Freedom on the Underground Railroad
An interactive overview of enslavement and abolition in Delaware told through the compelling story of enslaved Emeline Hawkins and her family, and their escape for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Visitors participate by "traveling on the journey with Emeline" by way of an interactive exhibit and activities.
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