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Black History Month in February

7 african american girls sit outside Townsend school May 1951

Written on: February 8th, 2018 in Blog Posts

February is Black History Month, and organizations throughout Delaware are hosting events to recognize key historical and cultural moments and milestones, and to celebrate stories, arts, and music. 

Citywide Black History Celebration – African American History Live

Dover- Friday, February 9 through Saturday, February 10

Live presentations on little-known local African American history including elected officials, education, religion and African American sororities and fraternities. Musical entertainment throughout.

Black Panther Party for Self-Defense: A Historical Presentation

Dover- Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Presented by noted local historian Syl Woolford, this presentation not only revisits the history of the Black Panther Movement, but also addresses the problems that the Panthers were trying to solve and how we address those problems today.

Black History Month – ‘A Local Community’ and ‘DNA’ 

Bear- February 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for two exciting speakers – Syl Woolford “The Iron Hill Genealogy Project” and Dena Chasten-Ellis “A DNA Story”. Enjoy genealogy displays and educational discussions with experienced researchers. Bring your research questions!



Black History Month: Celebrating African Americans in the Arts

Wilmington- Feb. 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Excited and honored to present at “Celebrating African Americans in the Arts”  at The Academy of Peace in Wilmington, DE. Come join us! 

African-American History in 20th-Century Delaware A Study of the Green Book

Dover- Saturday, Feb. 10 11 a.m

Presentation by researcher Carlton Hall of the State Historic Preservation Office on the “Green Book,” a travel and vacation guidebook for people of color during the segregation era. The program will explore the stories of African-Americans of the last century and their challenges living through the Jim Crow laws in Delaware from the 1920s to the 1960s. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Here is more information on the Green Book courtesy of the New York Public Library.


Various covers of the Green book

Dover- Saturday, Feb. 10, 17,  24, 2018

 Learn about Dover’s complicated positions regarding freedom and slavery, and its role as a border state during the Civil War. Free tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes.

The Dennis Farm: A Free African-American Cultural Legacy

 Dover- Saturday, Feb. 17 2018

Presentation by archaeologist Wade Catts on the Dennis Farm in Susquehanna County, Pa. which was settled by free African Americans in 1793. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 11 a.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.


The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: ‘THE ROCK-N-ROLL SOUL’ 

Dover- Saturday, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018

A four-part series including the talks, The Roots (1900s to 1910s), Down in the Delta: The Jazz Age and the Origins of Blues (1920s to 1940s),The Rock-n-Roll Soul, MTV and the Age of Self-Expression. Located at the Johnson Victrola Museum. Program at 1 p.m. in the museum’s 2nd floor gallery (entry via staircase; no elevator). Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are suggested by calling 302-739-3262.


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