Knotty Pine Restaurant

Knotty Pine Restaurant (HM70X)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19801 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.706', W 75° 32.638'

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In 1875 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation requiring the racial segregation of public places such as train stations, hotels, and restaurants. For most of the next century this practice was strictly enforced. Established at this location in 1959, the Knotty Pine Restaurant was a refuge for African Americans in a city where access to public facilities was still limited. Noted for its "down home cooking" and friendly atmosphere, the Knotty Pine was popular with residents and visitors alike. Among the establishment's many patrons were entertainers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne. In 1961 the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting refusal of service due to race or religion. With the approval of the Public Accommodations Act by the state legislature in 1963, the era of legally segregated public places in Delaware was over.
HM NumberHM70X
Marker NumberNC-149
Year Placed2006
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 453394 N 4399607
Decimal Degrees39.74510000, -75.54396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.706', W 75° 32.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 42.36" N, 75° 32' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 308 E 11th St, Wilmington DE 19801, US
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