Delaware History CenterThe Delaware Historical Society collaborated with the Delaware History Museum to pay tribute to African American history in the form of an ambitious exhibit entitled Forging Faith, Building Freedom. The widely acclaimed exhibition has been on display since September of 2013 and it will remain there until July 2014. For the bargain price of just $6, Greater Wilmington residents and visitors to the area can bear witness to this inspiring showcase of African American history which highlights faith, freedom, and educational endeavors.

This unique, interactive exhibit focuses heavily on scripture and culture and was designed to promote cultural awareness and spirituality. Participants can delve deep into the history of African American religions and learn about the ways that spiritual leaders impacted civil rights and equality across the nation, and particularly in the state of Delaware. Community leaders such as Peter Spencer, founder of the now 200 year old African Union Church will receive special recognition.

Peter SpencerWhile religious institutions are the main focus of the exhibit, other highlights include the examination of education and community developments that have risen up over the past century and a half and the ways these institutions have changed the American landscape. Anyone with an interest in cultural diversity and racial equality will find themselves captivated by this exhibit. It is both inspiring and informative; shedding a much deserved light on the historical contributions African Americans have made over the years.

The Delaware History Museum, a building which is rich in history itself, houses a wide assortment of nostalgic objects geared towards local and visiting history buffs. This institution has been publicly accessible for 150 years, largely due to the hard work and efforts of diligent staff members who strive to preserve accurate evidence of the nation's first official state. Heritage and cultivation are the heart of this museum, and the proof is in the objects on display.

Visitors can tour a wide range of exhibits Wednesday through Saturday, between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm, with group tours starting at just $2 per person. That $2 admission fee will buy you a front row seat to some of the finest collections Delaware has to offer. Making a day out of exploring this institution is convenient and affordable.

The Delaware History Museum gives back to the city of Wilmington in a wide variety of ways. This museum hosts several community outreach programs geared towards students and educators. They provide a platform for entrepreneurship and a showcase for local artisans. Unlike many state of the art museums who often utilize interns and volunteer workers, The Delaware History Museum is an equal opportunity employer with full and part time positions available to Wilmington residents.  Forging faith and building freedom is more than just an exhibit at this institution, it is also a way of life.

The Delaware History Museum is just one of many historical sites in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. For more information on other attractions please go to and to learn more about life in Wilmington contact a Live, Work, Play ambassador.

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