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Artifacts of Activism, Resistance, and Life in Delaware
Reasons for Resistance
Reasons for Resistance
Artifacts that reflect reasons for resistance to racism. Understanding what makes representations of peoples and groups racist is an important first step towards anti-racism.
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David M'Closkey Trading Card
Highlights the appropriation of Asian imagery and transformation into stereotypical elements for commercial and racist purposes in Delaware.
Brenda B. Mosely African American Doll Collection
Some toys and dolls perpetuate racist imagery, but others genuinely expand representation or reflect the racial identity of their owners.
Jints and her enslaver´s baby Hannah E. Stockley
Enslaved people were often the primary caretakers of their enslavers' children. This is the only known photograph of an enslaved person in Delaware.
Ku Klux Klan rally
This item highlights the continued practice of violent white supremacism in the U.S.
Sculpture of a Human Head with Headdress
This item highlights the appropriation of Native American imagery and transformation into stereotypical elements for commercial and racist purposes in Delaware.
Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company
Touring shows such as these spread racist stereotypes of American Indians, portraying them as purer and simpler people than Euro-Americans.
This item highlights longstanding ignorance of the injustice of racism in the United States.
Ku Klux Klan Klonvocation Badge
This item highlights the way white supremacists deceptively claim to be patriotic.
"Americanization in Delaware"
Images included in this resource illustrate the efforts of immigrants to gain American citizenship, specifically in Delaware.
New Castle Segregated School
Depictions of segregated schools for African American people are important to understanding segregation and its effects on everyday life.
Nanticoke Indian Center (former Mission School)
Mission schools sought to assimilate Native American children into mainstream white settler culture.
Burial Ground for Enslaved People at John Dickinson Plantation
Recognizes and restores dignity to Delaware's early enslaved individuals.
Reconstructed Log House for Enslaved People
Provides insights into the living conditions of enslaved people on the Dickinson Plantation.
Tax Ledger of White Enslavers
Evidence of the extended practice of enslaving people in Delaware in the early nineteenth century.
John Dickinson Plantation
Highlights histories of enslavement in Delaware.
Exterior view of Blockson School prior to new construction
Depictions of segregated schools for African American children are important to understanding how systemic racism created unequal educational opportunities.
Old Sussex County Court House Whipping Post
Public punishment disproportionally affected African Americans.
Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot
Recalls 1968 Wilmington Riots and National Guard occupation of the city.
Iron Hill Museum
Highlights both museum-perpetuated stereotyping of Native American people and histories of segregation in Delaware.
Public School Insurance Evaluation Reports from 1941
Segregation denied African American children the same quality of education as white students.
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