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Booker T. Washington School

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Booker T. Washington School Marker
Inscription. On November 13, 1922, 210 children and 6 teachers marched from two old school buildings located on Slaughter Street and Division Street to a new school for African- American students in Dover. Funding for the building was provided by the Delaware School Auxiliary Association, through the generosity of P. S. duPont. The school was named for Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), a former slave who became the nation’s foremost African-American educator. Originally built for Grades 1-8, this was the state’s largest African-American school at the time of its opening. Grades 9 and 10 were later added. S. Marcellus Blackburn was the school’s first and only principal for forty years. His daily motto was “Lest we forget.” Following integration in 1965, the school became known as West Dover Elementary. The original name was restored in 1998.
 
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-88.)
 
Location. 39° 9.55′ N, 75° 32.343′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Forrest Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Forrest Street, Dover DE 19904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eden Hill Farm (approx. 0.4
Booker T. Washington School image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Booker T. Washington School
miles away); Former Site of ILC Dover (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Dover's First Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel John Haslet (approx. 0.7 miles away); John M. Clayton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site Of Kent County’s First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wesley College (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 786 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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