Nanticoke Indian Center (former Mission School)


Building -- School
Nanticoke Indian Center (former Mission School)
Mission schools sought to assimilate Native American children into mainstream white settler culture.
Indian Mission School, also known as the Nanticoke Indian Center, is a historic school building located in Millsboro, Sussex County, Delaware. It was built in about 1948 after the original school was destroyed by fire. It is a one-story, stuccoed masonry building with a gable roof. It features a concrete block-covered entrance. The school was organized after school reforms of the early 20th century mandated that the children of the strongly Native American families of the Nanticoke be placed in the same schools as African-American students. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Another example of such segregated schools is Johnson School (or Warwick No. 203), near Millsboro, Sussex County, Delaware. The Johnson School was a separate educational facility for African Americans and was attended by some children whose families claimed Indian descent.

English explorer and plunderer Capt. John Smith named this indigenous community “Nanticoke” in 1608, consolidating several separate bands of related American Indians known by the names Kuskarawaok, Nentego, Nantaquak and others.
Millsboro, Sussex County, Delaware
Native American life
Nanticoke Indians
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