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Bridgeville in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Phillis Wheatley School

Phillis Wheatley School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Skillman, March 17, 2022
1. Phillis Wheatley School Marker
Inscription.  The inadequate condition of schools throughout the nation resulted in a major effort to reform public education following World War I. Delaware was at the forefront of this movement. With the assistance of the Delaware Auxiliary Association and its primary supporter, P.S. duPont, a program to replace outdated schools was undertaken. Noting the poor nature of facilities provided for African-American students enrolled in the state's segregated schools, the Association made them their first priority. In 1921 they initiated the construction of a modern building at this location to accommodate students from Bridgeville and the surrounding community. Known for a time the Bridgeville Colored School, the facility was subsequently named for Phillis Wheatley (c1753-1784), the nation's first published African-American poet. In addition to serving the needs of the area's elementary and middle school students, the building was a center for community activities. The school was integrated in 1966 and converted for use as North Bridgeville Elementary. It later served as the Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center. Following extensive renovation and expansion,
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this historic structure was reopened as the Phillis Wheatley Middle School in 2004.
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-179.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
Location. 38° 45.078′ N, 75° 36.136′ W. Marker is in Bridgeville, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Street and 1st Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is attached to the building, immediately to the left of the main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 Church Street, Bridgeville DE 19933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sudler House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bridgeville, Delaware (approx. half a mile away); Old Bridgeville Firehouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Edward Redfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elizabeth Smith-Cornish (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jack Lewis (approx. one mile away); Site of Jacobs School #143 (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Johnstown Methodist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgeville.
The Modern Phillis Wheatley School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Skillman, March 17, 2022
2. The Modern Phillis Wheatley School
The marker plaque is visible to the left of the main entrance.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023