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1043 Clifford Brown Walk
Wilmington, DE 19801

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(302) 656-1963

Current  Mailing Address

P.O. Box 26075

Wilmington, DE  19899

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©2019 BY THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER OF DELAWARE INC

WELCOME TO THE

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER of DELAWARE, INC.

OUR MISSION

To establish and operate an African American Heritage Institute at the former Allied Kid Building in Wilmington, which is located on the East Side, in Delaware’s only African American Heritage Zone.

 

The Institute will serve as a community based resource staffed and equipped to fill an education void that is common in most urban communities.

 

AAHI will provide comprehensive education for students and the general public about African American achievement and contributions to American society, focusing on the City of Wilmington and New Castle County.

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We Are Passionate, Culturally-Driven Historians, Community Advocates & Educators Bridging The Past, Preserving The Present 

& Preparing Our Youth For The Future!

At The African American Heritage Center we are committed to spirited learning, growth, development and fun. We empower our guests and students to ask insightful questions, explore boundaries, and confront the conventional ways our history has been taught in our public schools. We invite you to learn more about The African American Heritage Institute and discover important lessons in our heritage, culture and contributions to the global society.

As you explore the rich history of Wilmington's East Side, help us teach our youth about our local role models so that they may emulate the success and accomplishments of those who came before them.  Many residents from our community became part of an impressive historical legacy, becoming known for their achievements or as the "first African Americans" in their chosen professions within the State of Delaware.

ABOUT THE HERITAGE CENTER

Since 2011, The African American Heritage Center, in partnership with the Afro-American Historical Society, the Walnut Street YMCA and other community-based organizations, has been providing the community with rich and diverse learning experiences. Our collaborations have included the Annual African American Family Festival, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Children’s Birthday Party, the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, a monthly television program, Freedom's Journey, tours of Historic African American sites on the East Side and much more!

The African American Heritage Center will become a vibrant centerpiece to the East Side community. This building will provide a home for these and other activities, making them more accessible to those who live in the neighborhood, thereby increasing our ability to have a sustainable positive impact on local residents. The African American Heritage Center will open its doors in the historic Allied Kid Building located at the corner of 11th & Clifford Brown Walk in Wilmington, Delaware. Approximately 6,000 residents call the East Side home, and represent our core constituency. The Institute with its unique program offerings and events is likely to attract people from neighboring communities who have an interest in Delaware’s African American history.

 

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WE ARE NOW ON THE RADIO

Join us 24hrs 7days a week

95.3 FM WHGE Heritage Radio

2020 Membership Drive Coming Soon

2020  AAHC GALA

The Commemoration of the  50th Anniversary of the Assassination of  Dr. Matin Luther King

July 1964 Voting Right Act

Civil Rights Movement

What's Happening at AAHC

PRESERVING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

& HERITAGE IN WILMINGTON:

Whose Responsibility? How? Where?

 

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Listen to Heritage Radio for ways to 

contribute and help to build the Heritage Center

 

There is still time to become a committee member.  Find out how you can help us truly become the "First in First"

BLACK HISTORY

WE ARE

EAST SIDE BLACK HISTORY FACTS

Test your knowledge. Can you match the people pictured above to their corresponding  Black History Fact?

  1. Pauline A. Young

  2. Jay Saunders Redding

  3. Louis L. Redding

  4. Edward Loper, Sr.

  5. Alice Dunbar Nelson

  6. Rev. Maurice Moyer

  7. Bishop Edward Demby

  8. Bishop Richard Allen

  9. Theophilus Nix

  10. Clifford Brown

  11. Edwina Kruse

  12. James Gilliam, Sr.

  13. Mayor James H. Sills, Jr.

  14. Dr. Patricia Turner

  15. Mary Ann Shadd Cary

  1. Delaware’s first Black female physician.

  2. Principal founder of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

  3. Teacher, writer and former wife of Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

  4. First Black attorney in Delaware.

  5. Often referred to as the Matriarch of Black History.

  6. Founded the AME Church and became its first Bishop.

  7. Considered the Dean of Black Artists.

  8. Became the first Episcopal Bishop.

  9. First African American Mayor of Wilmington.

  10. A college professor and award winning author.

  11. Founded the first Presbyterian Church in New Castle County.

  12. The second African American attorney in Delaware.

  13. Served as the Principal of Howard High School for over 50 years.

  14. The great jazz trumpet player.

  15. First female editor of a newspaper in North America.

WAYS TO SUPPORT US

  • Individual Donations

  • Grants & Foundation Support

  • In-Kind Donations

  • Volunteer

 
 

The African-American Heritage Center will provide an integrated program schedule of learning through historical exploration, scrutiny of lessons learned in public schools, first-hand accounts from community historians, exhibits, field trips and self-reflection.  Our instruction will emphasize the strategies and processes involved in learning and self-growth, creating a unique opportunity to prepare our youth to live intelligent, purposeful, law abiding and fulfilling lives in a rapidly changing society. Please see highlights of our planned exhibits and programs below.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS

  •  Underground Railroad

  • African American Wall of Fame

 

CHANGING EXHIBITS

  • The Independent Black Church Movement in Wilmington

  • Howard High School: National Landmark

  • Clifford Brown: The Man & His Music

  • Black Artists: The Legacy of Edward Loper, Sr.

  • Herman Holloway, Sr.: The Senator

  • African American Women of Distinction

  • 100 Black Men of Distinction

  • Black Sports Legends in Wilmington

  • Black Educators During Segregation

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

  •  Advocacy

  • Oral Histories

  • Tributes to Black Leaders

  • Research Library / Computer Room

  • Black Cultural Festival

  • Workshops, Seminars

  • Lectures, Conferences

  • Jam Sessions, Poetry Readings, Recitals, Films

  • Demonstrations, Classes (African Dancing & Drumming, Quilt Making, Wood Carving, etc.)

  • Black History Tours

  • Community Meetings

  • Black History Newspaper & T.V. Shows

PLANNED PROGRAMS