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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Community of Dunleith

 
 
The Community of Dunleith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
1. The Community of Dunleith Marker
Inscription. The Federal Housing Act of 1949 established a goal of “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.” However, a segregated housing market put this goal beyond the reach of African American veterans. In that year, Delaware Community Homes Inc. purchased a tract of land from members of the du Pont family through the Rogers Trust. The property, released specifically for the construction of Dunleith Estates in 1950-1951, was the first subdivision in suburban New Castle County to offer new housing to African American veterans. Dunleith was named after the nearby du Pont mansion. The streets in Dunleith were named for prominent African American persons or institutions. Two local churches, Coleman Memorial Methodist Church and Community Presbyterian Church were established in the neighborhood during the 1950s to serve residents’ spiritual needs. In addition, the Dunleith Community School was completed in 1957. It not only served the educational needs of local African American students in grades K thru 9, but was also the center for many recreational activities until 1970. Dunleith was a truly blended community, where families of all socio-economic levels lived, worshipped, were educated and played in harmony.
 
Erected 2010 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker
The Community of Dunleith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
2. The Community of Dunleith Marker
Number NC-188.)
 
Location. 39° 42.337′ N, 75° 33.219′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Anderson Drive and Bethune Drive on Anderson Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crane Hook Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delaware River and Bay Authority Vietnam Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Delaware Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware - Desert Shield / Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wounded Combat Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware River and Bay Authority Veterans Dedication (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware & New Jersey WWII Submariners Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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