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

Hickman Row

Hickman Row Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
1. Hickman Row Marker
Inscription.  The industrial expansion of Brandywine Hundred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was largely reflective of national trends in the growth and development of heavy industry. As large corporations moved to locations outside of major cities, some industrialists recognized the benefits of providing a living environment for workers close to factories. Through the efforts of the Worth Steel Corporation, the community of Hickman Row was constructed to serve as segregated housing for the company’s African American workforce. Many residents were part of the great exodus of African Americans who fled the South to escape racism and pursue economic opportunity. Completed in 1919, the buildings were designed as simple brick row houses facing the street with back lots large enough to raise vegetables and livestock. These amenities made the homes particularly attractive to families who had formerly farmed and raised cattle. The intimate nature of the design promoted a strong sense of community, emotionally supporting families seeking a new life and friendships in a foreign place. When the buildings were sold by the company in 1962, many African American
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families continued to live here and build new homes nearby. The Hickman Row Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-162.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
Location. 39° 48.941′ N, 75° 26.711′ W. Marker is in Claymont, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Hickman Road (Delaware Route 491), on the right when traveling north. Delaware route 491 is a short route connecting to the same-numbered Pennsylvania route in Delaware County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Hickman Road, Claymont DE 19703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robinson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Church of the Ascension (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Darley House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Claymont Stone School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Archmere (approx. one mile away); In Memory of Those Who Served
Hickman Row image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
2. Hickman Row
(approx. one mile away in Pennsylvania); Upper Chichester Township / McCaysville (approx. 1.1 miles away in Pennsylvania). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Claymont.
Hickman Row image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
3. Hickman Row
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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