Former Delaware African American School on Historic Places List

Aug 8, 2019

Former Richard Allen School in Georgetown
Credit Delaware Public Archives

A former African American school in Delaware has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Richard Allen School in Georgetown was one of 80 such schools that were built by philanthropist Pierre S. du Pont for the black community during the time of Jim Crow.

After the Supreme Court struck down school segregation the facility became part of the Indian River School District.

Five years ago it was finally closed and has since been turned into a cultural and civic center which explains its significance in the nation’s history.

WBOC reports that former students has helped in the restoration of the facility which will celebrate its national recognition this morning.