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

Knotty Pine Restaurant

Knotty Pine Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Knotty Pine Restaurant Marker
Inscription.  In 1875 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation requiring the racial segregation of public places such as train stations, hotels, and restaurants. For most of the next century this practice was strictly enforced. Established at this location in 1959, the Knotty Pine Restaurant was a refuge for African Americans in a city where access to public facilities was still limited. Noted for its “down home cooking” and friendly atmosphere, the Knotty Pine was popular with residents and visitors alike. Among the establishment’s many patrons were entertainers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne. In 1961 the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting refusal of service due to race or religion. With the approval of the Public Accommodations Act by the state legislature in 1963, the era of legally segregated public places in Delaware was over.
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-149.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights
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EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 39° 44.706′ N, 75° 32.638′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street and Wilson Street, on the right when traveling east on 11th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 E 11th Street, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis Lorenzo Redding, Esq. (a few steps from this marker); Walnut Street YMCA (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Joseph Church (about 500 feet away); The Monday Club (about 700 feet away); Suffrage Rally (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Post Office, Court House and Custom House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezion Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard High School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Additional keywords. Jim Crow
Knotty Pine Restaurant image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Knotty Pine Restaurant
Restaurant is still in operation.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,263 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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