New London Avenue School

New London Avenue School (HM1QFA)

Location: Newark, DE 19711 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 41.371', W 75° 45.653'

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The first documented public school for African-American youth in the Newark community was established in 1867 by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. This was one of several schools established in Delaware during the post Civil War "reconstruction" period through this federal government program, which was designed to assist African-Americans in former slave states. In 1922 a new school housing grades 1-8 was built here on land purchased from John Nields. There were four classrooms on the first floor and a lunchroom in the basement. Funding for construction was provided by P. S. duPont and the Delaware School Auxiliary Association. The building functioned as a school until integration took place in 1958. The school and surrounding property, also known as "School Hill", was an important meeting place for neighborhood residents for social and recreational gatherings as well. In 1961, the City of Newark purchased the building and grounds. Significant renovations took place and the New London Community Center opened in 1970. In 1977, the building was renamed in honor of George M. Wilson, a leader in improving housing conditions for members of Newark's African-American community and former member of Newark's City Council.
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HM NumberHM1QFA
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Marker NumberNC-183
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 434757 N 4393574
Decimal Degrees39.68951667, -75.76088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.371', W 75° 45.653'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 22.26" N, 75° 45' 39.18" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 303 New London Rd, Newark DE 19711, US
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