“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Delaware's First Known Black Settler

Anthony Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
1. Anthony Marker
Inscription.  A black man named Anthony was among the first permanent settlers of New Sweden. He came to the colony from the West Indies in 1639 aboard the Swedish ship Vogel Grip. Records indicate that Black Anthony became a free man named Antoni Swart, an employee of Governor Johan Printz, who cut hay and sailed Printz's sloop during the 1640s and 1650s.
Erected by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-80.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansColonial EraSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1639.
Location. 39° 43.997′ N, 75° 31.844′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on East 7th Street west of Wilmington Industrial Park, on the right when traveling east. Notice that East 7th Street takes a dogleg right on the way to this marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1180 East 7th Street, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Anthony Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
2. Anthony Marker
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of this marker. Mayor John E. Babiarz Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Kalmar Nyckel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Colonists (about 400 feet away); Kalmar Nyckel Monument (approx. half a mile away); Landing of the Swedes (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Anthony (approx. half a mile away); Fort Christina (approx. half a mile away); The Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . .  The story of Black Anthony (New Sweden Center). (Submitted on December 24, 2018.)
Additional keywords. African Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2018, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 15, 2022