February is known as Black History Month, a dedicated time of year in which the culture of African-Americans are celebrated. Did you know that the First State, Wilmington specifically, was part of the escape route of the Underground Railroad? Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garret, two of the most iconic names having to do with the passage, took slaves to safety and freedom over the Christina River and through downtown Wilmington.
But, that’s only the beginning of African-American history in Delaware. The Delaware History Museum, located on Market Street in downtown Wilmington, tells the true story in their Journey to Freedom exhibition. Not only does the exhibit capture the intricate stories of community and struggle but also sheds light on the present culture of the African-American citizens of Delaware.
Aside from the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in which the informative stories reside, the museum offers the history of Delaware in their “Delaware: One State, Many Stories” exhibition. This exhibit introduces the state’s history through important topics. From immigrant stories to artistic and cultural contributions, the First State (rightfully so) is full to the brim with historic events.
To learn more about the museum and their exhibitions visit www.dehistory.org.
At this time tours of the museum are by appointment only. Wednesday-Sunday 12:00pm-5pm. Free admission the first Friday of every month.
While you’re in town, don’t forget to stop in to Old Town Hall, connected to the History Museum by glass connector, as well as the Research Library and Willingtown Square, located directly across the street from the museum!