Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware

  • Wilmington, DE

Mission Statement

1. To establish and operate an African American art gallery.
2. To organize activities designed to preserve, celebrate and educate the general public about African American culture.
3. To motivate youth to discover and develop their artistic abilities.
4. To establish and operate a Low Power FM radio station, with the goal of creating a positive community culture for Wilmington's marginalized minorities that becomes a catalyst for educational attainment, achievement & economic development.

Main Programs

  1. Building a slave cabin on the John Dickinson Plantation
  2. African American Historical Markers Project
  3. Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
  4. Bridge and Road Naming Project
  5. African American Family Festival
  6. MLK Children's Birthday Party
  7. Initiating African American Heritage Day in Delaware.
  8. Statue Honoring "Judy" Johnson
  9. "Walk Together Children"
  10. House Museum Project
  11. African American Art Gallery
  12. African American Heritage Institute

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Delaware

The Afro-American Historical Society primarily benefits the Wilmington, Delaware community as well as the greater state of Delaware.

ruling year

1991

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Harmon R. Carey

Keywords

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African American, History, Culture, Leadership, Education

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EIN

51-0309254

 Number

2638460609

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Telephone, Telegraph and Telecommunication Services (W50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Building a slave cabin on the John Dickinson Plantation

Site now used to educate the public about how Black families lived and contributed to life at this home of one of Delaware’s greatest leaders of the revolutionary period.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

African American Historical Markers Project

Establishing an African American Historical Markers Program, in conjunction with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. These markers have been placed on sites throughout Delaware.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 3

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Influencing the City of Wilmington to change the name of its jazz festival to the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and to re-name Poplar Street, where Clifford was born, to Clifford Brown Walk.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Bridge and Road Naming Project

Influencing the State Department of Transportation to put signage on the William Winchester Bridge, Livingston Bridge and Martin L. King, Jr. Boulevard, honoring Black leaders.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

African American Family Festival

Sponsorship of the African American Family Festival since 1997.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 6

MLK Children's Birthday Party

Since 1990, sponsorship of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children’s Birthday Party.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 7

Initiating African American Heritage Day in Delaware.

Initiating African American Heritage Day in Delaware.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Blacks

Budget

Program 8

Statue Honoring "Judy" Johnson

The erection of a statue of “Judy” Johnson in front of Frawley Stadium in conjunction with the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 9

"Walk Together Children"

Production of Walk Together Children, a play about Black history, which was presented state-wide to standing room only audiences.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 10

House Museum Project

Lobbying the State General Assembly for funds to move the home of Delaware’s first Black attorney to East 11th Street, Wilmington, when it was about to be demolished. This home has been fully renovated as a House Museum and now stands next to the Allied Kid Building.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$150,000

Program 11

African American Art Gallery

Establishing the first African American Art Gallery in Delaware at Howard High School of Technology in 1989.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 12

African American Heritage Institute

Influenced the donation of $295,000 to the City of Wilmington, to purchase the Allied Kid Building, for a proposed African American Heritage Institute.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Delaware

The Afro-American Historical Society primarily benefits the Wilmington, Delaware community as well as the greater state of Delaware.

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Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware

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Executive Director

Mr. Harmon R. Carey

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Harmon R. Carey

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