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

Brown v. Board of Education

 
 
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By Roger Dean Meyer, October 8, 2006
1. Brown v. Board of Education Marker
Inscription.  Delaware remained a racially segregated society until the mid-twentieth century. Though the segregation of public schools was supported by the “separate but equal” doctrine that had been upheld by the nation’s highest court, the facilities and services provided students were hardly equal. Seeking to address this situation, citizens in the communities of Claymont and Hockessin solicited the counsel of Louis L. Redding, the state’s first African-American attorney. In 1951, with the assistance of attorney Jack Greenberg, Mr. Redding brought suit against the State Board of Education in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Formally known as Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart, the cases were combined. Redding argued that laws requiring schools to be segregated by race denied the African-American students their constitutional right to equal protection of the law. The chief judge of the Court of Chancery, Collins J. Seitz, agreed, finding that segregation was inherently harmful to the students, and therefore unconstitutional. Integration of affected schools was ordered. The Chancellor’s opinion was the first clear victory for
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opponents of segregation in an American court. The ruling was subsequently appealed and heard by the United States Supreme Court as part of the Brown v. Board of Education case. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court adopted the reasoning of Redding and Seitz in a decision that effectively ended the segregation of public schools throughout the nation.
 
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-138.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1885.
 
Location. 39° 44.445′ N, 75° 32.988′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of North King Street and West Fifth Street, on the right when traveling north on North King Street. Located in front of the New Castle County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Hall (about 400 feet away); Willingtown Square (about 400 feet away); Lincoln's Speech (about 400 feet away); Old Farmers Bank
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(about 600 feet away); "Sign of the Ship" Tavern (about 600 feet away); Thomas Garrett (about 700 feet away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Brown v. Board of Education markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Delaware Court of Chancery Decision in Belton v. Gebhart. This is the official decision from the Delaware Court of Chancery. (Submitted on October 24, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.) 

2. Brown v. Board of Education. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Louis L. Redding. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on January 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,433 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on January 31, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   2. submitted on January 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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