African Americans of Wilmington's East Side

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Wilmington’s East Side is the oldest residential community in the city. The first Swedish colony settled there in the 1600s, and over time, Jewish, Polish, and African American people followed. By the mid-1950s, the East Side emerged as a predominantly Black, achievement-oriented community—a place where working-class families, Black-owned businesses, and Black doctors, lawyers, teachers, musicians, and community leaders lived, worshipped, and worked together amid segregation. Among historic landmarks are Howard High School, People’s Settlement Association, Walnut Street Y, St. Michael’s School and Nursery, Clifford Brown Walk, Louis Redding House, and multidenominational churches. Situated in an urban setting east of downtown, the East Side is walking distance from the central business district, small retail establishments, and employers.
ISBN: 9781467107969
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Delaware
Series: Images of America
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Hara Wright-Smith, PhD, was born and raised in New Castle County, Delaware. As a community development professional, Dr. Wright-Smith earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania and focused her doctoral dissertation on the East Side, which inspired her interest in preserving this rich history of Black life, heritage, and legacy. The author takes the reader on a photographic journey, documenting 60 years of everyday life from research, archives, privately held collections, personal family albums, and interviews.
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