Presented by Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

Follow all February long to experience culture and history in celebration of Black History Month.  These events are scheduled at different museums throughout the State of Delaware and will take a look into the past, while exploring the role played in the First State’s major historic events.

Don’t forget to check out a full list of events celebrating African American History in Greater Wilmington.

Opening February 23, 2019 at the
New Castle Courthouse Museum

“The Path to Freedom:
A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.”

Explore Delaware’s role in the network that transported American slaves to freedom including the true journey of the Hawkins family from bondage in Maryland, through Delaware, to freedom in Pennsylvania. Part II of the display explores some of the challenges faced by black Delawareans after the Civil War and showcases Delaware trailblazers who helped break racial and gender barriers. (Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm I Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

Other events to celebrate Black History Month throughout Delaware:

Feb. 2, 2019 - Johnson Victrola Museum

“African American Music and the Victor Talking Machine Company.” - Guided tours explore the musical careers of some of the most famous black artists who worked for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 to 1929, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines.

Feb. 2, 2019 - The Old State House Museum

“The African American Experience in Delaware.” Explore Delaware’s rich African American culture, history and legacy from the 18th to the 20th century.

Feb. 8, 2019 - The Old State House Museum

Concert by Steffi & Tim. Mix of original compositions, jazz and world music.

Feb. 9, 2019 - The Old State House Museum

“Old State House Stories of Courage and Freedom.” Tours focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House.

Feb. 9, 2019 - Johnson Victrola Museum

“The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: Behind the Music Part I.” Opening segment of an African American History Month program by museum interpreters Chris Hall an d Gavin Malone that explores companies from the early days of the record industry that took chances on recording black artists

Feb. 9, 2019 - Zwaanendael Museum

“Revolutionary Drinks on the Delaware.” Lecture by Marcos Salaverria, director of education for the Lewes Historical Society, who will explore the consumption of chocolate, tea and coffee in Delaware during the 18th century.

Feb. 16, 2019 - The Old State House Museum

“Community and Identity at First African Baptist Church Cemeteries.” Lecture by John P. McCarthy, RPA, cultural preservation specialist for Delaware State Parks, explores burial practices as expressions of the integration of African beliefs and practices in the spiritual life of Philadelphia African Americans.

Feb. 16, 2019– Johnson Victrola Museum

“The Evolution of Black Recorded Music: Behind the Music Part II.” Explores companies from the early days of the record industry that took chances on recording African American artists.

Feb. 17, 2019 - The Old State House Museum

“Civility Ascendant”: Celebrating George Washington’s Rules for Civil Behavior and Their Legacy for American Politics.

Feb. 18, 2019 Presidents Day.
The following museums of the State of Delaware will be open:

The Johnson Victrola Museum and The Old State House Museum 

The following museums will be closed:

The John Dickinson Plantation, The New Castle Court House Museum and Zwaanendael Museum.

Feb. 22, 2019
Washington’s Birthday. All museums of the State of Delaware will be open
Feb. 23, 2019– Johnson Victrola Museum

“African American Music and the Victor Talking Machine Company.” Guided tours explore the musical careers of some of the most famous black artists who worked for the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 to 1929.

Feb. 23, 2019-- The Old State House

“The Not So Great War: African Americans and World War I.” Look at how black Americans were treated both at home and abroad during the war and how, despite great expectations, little improvement happened in the following decades.

Feb. 23, 2019-- New Castle Court House Museum

“The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.”

Feb. 24, 2019--New Castle Court House Museum

“Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad.” Screening of the award-winning film that examines the firsthand efforts of Thomas Garrett, William Still and Harriet Tubman in helping to free American slaves. Filmed in New Castle and other Delaware sites. Presented in conjunction with the display “The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.”