“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)

Knotty Pine Restaurant

Knotty Pine Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Knotty Pine Restaurant Marker
Inscription. In 1875 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation requiring the racial segregation of public places such as train stations, hotels, and restaurants. For most of the next century this practice was strictly enforced. Established at this location in 1959, the Knotty Pine Restaurant was a refuge for African Americans in a city where access to public facilities was still limited. Noted for its “down home cooking” and friendly atmosphere, the Knotty Pine was popular with residents and visitors alike. Among the establishment’s many patrons were entertainers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne. In 1961 the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting refusal of service due to race or religion. With the approval of the Public Accommodations Act by the state legislature in 1963, the era of legally segregated public places in Delaware was over.
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-149.)
Location. 39° 44.706′ N, 75° 32.638′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street and Wilson Street, on the right when traveling east on 11th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 E. 11th Street, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Knotty Pine Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Knotty Pine Restaurant
Restaurant is still in operation.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walnut Street YMCA (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Joseph Church (about 500 feet away); Howard High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caesar Rodney Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,857 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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