The Community of Dunleith

The Community of Dunleith (HM1QIN)

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

N 39° 42.337', W 75° 33.219'

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The Federal Housing Act of 1949 established a goal of "a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family." However, a segregated housing market put this goal beyond the reach of African American veterans. In that year, Delaware Community Homes Inc. purchased a tract of land from members of the du Pont family through the Rogers Trust. The property, released specifically for the construction of Dunleith Estates in 1950-1951, was the first subdivision in suburban New Castle County to offer new housing to African American veterans. Dunleith was named after the nearby du Pont mansion. The streets in Dunleith were named for prominent African American persons or institutions. Two local churches, Coleman Memorial Methodist Church and Community Presbyterian Church were established in the neighborhood during the 1950s to serve residents' spiritual needs. In addition, the Dunleith Community School was completed in 1957. It not only served the educational needs of local African American students in grades K thru 9, but was also the center for many recreational activities until 1970. Dunleith was a truly blended community, where families of all socio-economic levels lived, worshipped, were educated and played in harmony.
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HM NumberHM1QIN
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Marker NumberNC-188
Year Placed2010
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 452538 N 4395230
Decimal Degrees39.70561667, -75.55365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 42.337', W 75° 33.219'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 42' 20.22" N, 75° 33' 13.14" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 470 Anderson Dr, Wilmington DE 19801, US
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