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Artifacts of Activism, Resistance, and Life in Delaware
Artifacts of Social Life
Artifacts of Social Life
Artifacts related to building community, from civic and political organizations to social gatherings
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Ray Charles at Rosedale Beach
Segregation in Delaware extended to beaches and resorts.
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.
"Miss Nagano" Japanese Friendship Doll
Highlights histories of peace and goodwill offerings through the cultural exchange of dolls.
1951 African Methodist Episcopalian Conference
Documenting religious and spiritual life of African American communities.
First Naturalized Hispanic Settlers of Delaware
This items addresses the early presence of Hispanic people in Delaware as well as the challenges they encountered upon arrival
SCLC Poor People's Campaign
Civil Rights organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) paved the way for African American activism and community engagement.
David Clyde Driskell, the artist of this work, was a leading authority on African American Art and helped establish it as a distinct field of study.
Lenape (Delaware) "Penn" wampum belt
Wampum belts can offer insight into Native American customs of diplomacy, trade, and spirituality, both between tribes and between Indigenous communities and White people.
Native Americans Meeting
Depictions of Native American life by Euro-Americans often incorporate their biases and stereotypes as much as, or more than, accurate details.
Objects, such as this flute, made by and for the Lenape are important for understanding their culture, history, and customs of Indigenous people.
This event serves to connect the Hispanic communities in the region and express pride in their culture
"Americanization in Delaware"
Images included in this resource illustrate the efforts of immigrants to gain American citizenship, specifically in Delaware.
Veneration Portraits (Triptych)
Works by a Black artist reclaiming identity and challenging constructed images.
History Matters: Nanticoke tribe seeks to sustain its identity
Oral history is a key source of knowledge to understand the past, present, and vibrant future of Native American communities
New London Road Community Walking Tour
Explores a historically African American community.
Portrait of Ethel Cuff Black
Ethel Cuff Black helped change the college experience for African American women.
Lenape (Delaware) Songs and Narration
Serves to connect the Lenape (Delaware) diaspora to oral culture and linguistic traditions.
Joseph E. Johnson Jr.'s Rubber Stamp
This item highlights the historical presence of African Americans in Delaware's fraternal organizations.
Black & White Methodist Conferences Merge.
Documents African American spiritual life in the mid-20th century and racial integration within religious communities.
Group Portrait of First Communion Group, Our Mother of Mercy Chapel
Churchgoing is important for understanding a community's values, and can also indicate its boundaries.
Wilmington African American Preservation Project
African American architecture and community life.
Absalom Jones Jug
Celebrates Reverend Absalom Jones, who was born enslaved in Delaware and became a prominent religious and abolition leader.
Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a.k.a. "Mrs. Paul L. Nelson"
This artifact may foster discussion of early African American civil rights efforts but also of black art and literature.
Walnut Street YMCA in Wilmington, DE
The Walnut Street YMCA was an important community center for Wilmington African Americans and holds significance for African American culture, community, and activism, past and present.
William Corbit House
As an enslaver's house during the colonial era but later a part of the Civil War-era Underground Railroad operation, this structure exemplifies how the relationship of a building to a community of color can vary over time.
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