Events scheduled for Black History Month

DOVER — Delaware’s monthly First Saturday in the First State program will celebrate Black History Month this weekend.

Black History Month begins Friday, and as part of it, the First State Heritage Park will offer fun activities and informational sessions highlighting racism, the fight for civil rights and black pioneers.

The program is titled “Black Migrations, Urban Realities for the African-American Community in Delaware.”

At the John Bell House on The Green, individuals can learn about difficulties black Delawareans have faced traveling in and out of the state for centuries.

At Legislative Hall, attendees can hear about the fight for civil rights and the life of Herman Holloway, who in 1964 became Delaware’s first black senator. Before 2018, only two African-Americans had ever served in the Delaware Senate: Mr. Holloway and his successor, Margaret Rose Henry.

At the Biggs Museum of American Art, children can make arts and crafts inspired by African designs, while the Johnson Victrola Museum will highlight some of the most famous black musicians who recorded with the Victor Talking Machine company from 1901 to 1929.

Events at all four locations will take place from 9:30 to 4:30.

From 10 to 3, Delawareans can go on a walking tour of The Green to learn about slavery in Delaware, one of the border states that nonetheless remained in the Union during the Civil War. Tours begin at the John Bell House.

At 10:30, the Delaware Public Archives will host a program on the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort, one of the few “colored” entertainment and lodging establishments.

At 11, visitors to the Old State House can learn about the many ways black Delawareans have impacted the First State, and from 1:30 to 4, courtroom 1 in the Kent County Courthouse will host a program on the Ebony Doughboys, a group of black soliders who fought with the French Foreign Legion in World War I.

Additionally, Woodburn, the governor’s house, will be open for tours from 10 to 1.

Admission to all park sites and activities is free.

For more information about “First Saturday” events and all First State Heritage Park programs, call 739-9194 or visit https://destateparks.com/History/FirstStateHeritage.

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