Citywide Black History Celebration - “The Schools That P.S. Dupont Built”
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Between 1920 and 1930 P. S. Dupont built 85 schools for African-Americans in Delaware. These schools were called the “Great Experiment” and were intended to improve the quality of life of African-Americans.
In 1952 Louis L. Redding sued the State of Delaware to end segregation in Delaware and to close the DuPont schools. The Hockessin School and the Claymont High School were integrated after Louis L. Redding won the Belah vs. Gebhart case. All Delaware schools were integrated while the DuPont schools closed after the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision was made.
This presentation, led by Syl Woolford, reviews the planning which took place to build these schools and the experience of the students who attended them. For those who lived through this experience, it is a celebration of the progress made with the aid of these DuPont Schools. For those who are not familiar with the DuPont schools, it’s a look back at time in American history when race was a dominant factor of all American’s daily life.
Upcoming Dates For This Event:
- 35 Loockerman Plaza Dover, Delaware
- Location: Dover Public Library
- Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM