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Wilmington Friends School

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2019
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Inscription.  The oldest existing school in Delaware, Wilmington Friends was founded in 1748. It resided in the first meeting house of the Wilmington Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) at Fourth and West Streets, which had been built ten years earlier on land given by Elizabeth and William Shipley. The school’s original aim was to provide schooling in matters “civil and useful” for Quaker children and “poor children, either Black or White.”

In its first century, guided by Wilmington Monthly Meeting, the school fulfilled that aim. Delaware’s first historian, Benjamin Ferris, wrote in 1846, “Thousands of children have there received the first rudiments of an English education.” In its second century, as the state provided public education, Friends became Delaware’s first true college preparatory school.

In 1937, having outgrown its much-expanded but aged home, Friends School moved to this site in Alapocas. Though now physically separated from its parent meeting, the school continues to be sustained by the wisdom of that meeting and the teaching of all Quakers that “there is that
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of God in each of us.”
 
Erected 1998 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-102.)
 
Location. 39° 46.127′ N, 75° 33.123′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. The marker is near the building entrance on Alapocas Drive side of the school. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 School Road, Wilmington DE 19803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Gilpin Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salesianum School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Looking Back... (approx. 0.7 miles away); Kentmere Parkway (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thomas Francis Bayard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware Chemical Engineering Company (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Looking Back... (approx. 0.8 miles away); Frank E. Schoonover Studios (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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