Fund Helps Delaware’s Historical Society Build African American Center


Historical images of Delaware African Americans from the Delaware Historical Society

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded $65,807 to the DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Wilmington, Delaware, to recruit and hire the first curator for the Society’s Center for African American Heritage.

The Center for African American Heritage has been envisioned for almost a decade. Only since 2011, however, has the Center become a reality thanks to the embrace of the Delaware Historical Society.

According to the Society, the Center’s purpose is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans. The Center will use a variety of methods to present history, including museum and web exhibitions, school-based educational programs, lectures and special events.

Today, fundraising for the $3.2 million Center is 80 percent complete. By bringing the Curator on board now, he or she will have the opportunity to be integrally involved in the Center’s physical, programmatic and thematic development. In addition, the Curator can begin developing relationships with various stakeholders to ensure that the Center has their trust and confidence.