First African-American Schoolhouse In Hockessin

First African-American Schoolhouse In Hockessin (HM1RXG)

Location: Hockessin, DE 19707 New Castle County
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N 39° 47.092', W 75° 42.01'

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Local tradition states that a school was present at this location as early as 1829. However, in 1878 the first documented school for African-Americans in Hockessin was established in this vicinity. The school was funded and built primarily by the local African-American community and church. Additional support for materials, books, and the teacher's salary was provided by the Delaware Association for the Moral Improvement and Education of Colored People. Students typically attended school from two to five months between November and March to coincide with the agricultural off-season. Depending on the time of year, enrolled students varied from less than 10 to approximately 40. In 1891 responsibility for funding Delaware public schools was transferred to county superintendants and the school was placed in District 107. The land on which the school stood was sold in 1900 by Edward McGovern to Lodge No. 4 of the Colored American Protective Association. Shortly after, the land was conveyed to School District 107. In 1920 the original school was replaced by Hockessin School #107C (colored) on nearby Mill Creek Road, a school funded by P.S. duPont's Delaware School Auxiliary. The original 1878 schoolhouse is now incorporated into a private residence on this property.
Marker NumberNC-194
Year Placed2012
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 440046 N 4404114
Decimal Degrees39.78486667, -75.70016667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.092', W 75° 42.01'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 5.52" N, 75° 42' 0.6" W
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Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 644-698 Grant Ave, Hockessin DE 19707, US
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