Not black enough: Some challenge Delaware Historical Society’s ability to interpret their history

Critics say the Delaware Historical Society cannot adequately tell the story of Delaware’s African-Americans. The recent announcement that the society received a $1 million grant to establish an African-American Heritage Center on Market Street in downtown Wilmington has stirred the controversy.

Former Wilmington Mayor Jim Sills said the society was a poor choice because it has already failed to properly portray the struggles of blacks in Delaware.

“They have the capability to change,” Sills said. “But in deciding on whether any group should have the responsibility of taking on a new project like this, you have to look at their record. It’s essential to look at what they’ve done in the past to determine to what extent they can do to run an African-American Heritage Center. Read More

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