As we commemorate Black History Month in Delaware here is a guide to some of the virtual experiences, socially distant tours, and diverse black-owned businesses in our state from north to south.
Harriet Tubman Byway
Camden through Wilmington
Plan a road trip
Take an inspiring, self-guided road trip on the Harriet Tubman Byway. The byway includes 7 spots that were once a part of the Underground Railroad ranging from the countryside, to historic towns, to the city heights. Browse the Byway sites map to plan your road trip.
Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
Watch an online exhibition, or sign up for the Zoom Webinar
Enjoy an exclusive showing of “Journey to Freedom” which will share the story of the first documented black resident of Delaware, Antoni Swart. The showing is now available online at any time. If you want to learn more about the showing sign up for the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage zoom webinar where topics of faith, freedom, pursuit of equality and more will be discussed.
Historic New Castle Court House Museum
Guided tours or a virtual program
The floors of the Historic New Castle Courthouse have witnessed the footsteps of those who have walked through significant events in our nation's history. Including the last supreme court case held there (William Neal vs. Delaware) which granted black men the ability to sit on a jury. These floors, now, can be explored for our public enrichment through guided tours. You can also sign up for “Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Delaware’s Forgotten Daughter.” a virtual presentation discussing the life of a Wilmington naitve.
Road Trip through Odessa or stroll the historic streets
Plan for a day rich with history in the town of Odessa. Learn of the awe-inspiring story known as Sam’s Sanctuary, and walk the historic streets where freedom seekers once paved the way for racial equality. Although tours will not be available until spring of 2021, the beauty of Odessa can be witnessed through just a stroll through town. For another vision of yesteryear, order take-out from Cantwell's Tavern.
John Dickinson Plantation
Tour the grounds of John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, home of the “Penman of the Revolution,” one of America’s founding fathers who is also known for his manumission efforts in 1786. Hear the stories of life at the mansion and the varied people who lived there. All tour reservations required.
Old State House
Tour reservations, or virtual visits
Stop along your journey for a stroll across the green in historic Dover and enjoy a guided tour through the Old State House. The green is a perfect spot for a moment of reflection and admiration to heroic stories of black Delawareans like Samuel Burris.
Lewes Historical Society
Spend an evening in Lewes admiring an art exhibition named “Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers” by Shayne Davidson. This exhibition will commemorate black civil war soldiers, including 7 soldiers who once walked the streets of Lewes years ago.
Sign up for an impactful virtual program named “A Student's Quest for Racial Reckoning in Delaware” which will share the story of how a current Delaware student is making a difference in her community.
Along your historic ventures be sure to schedule in some pit stops at some of Delaware’s black owned businesses. Browse this list of just a few of the must-try restaurants, trendy stores, good for the soul spots, and more.
Green Box Kitchen - Vegan Restaurant
A bright and flavor-filled spot offering smoothies, açaí bowls, cold pressed juices, and other plant-based fresh foods.
Milk & Honey Coffee - Coffee Shop & Art Gallery
A sweet spot to admire art and sip on freshly brewed coffee.
Morgans of Delaware - Women's Boutique
Look fabulous with a style of uptown elegance and a downtown edge.
Pop in Artisan Pops - Popsicle Shop
You may want to “pop-in” to this cool place all month for a hand crafted artisan ice pop or their signature waffle pop.
Painted Stave Distilling - Craft Distillery
Located in a converted movie theater in the quaint downtown area of Smyrna, this distillery is a cozy spot to enjoy crafty cocktails.
Suds & Company - Handcrafted Soap & Gift Store
All natural, handcrafted body bars nestled in the historic streets of downtown Dover.
Aunt Mary’s Kitchen - Soul food & Crab House
Milford and Dover
The cooks at Aunt Mary’s Kitchen bring the soul to every one of their recipes. Try crab cake egg rolls, peach funnel cake fries, deep-fried corn on the cob, and more.
Cookie’s Paper and Petals - Paper Flower Shop
What better way to celebrate the month ahead than with a bouquet of flowers? Paper flowers that is. Visit Cookies Paper and Petals for hand-cut, beautifully crafted flowers or craft them yourself!
Southern Grille of Ellendale - Home Cooking
The very best of home cooking and comfort food. Homemade pies, chicken and dumplings, and sweet potato souffle are just a few of the menu items that locals rave over for this sweet spot.
Summer J Pops - Ice Pop Wholesaler
Savor the taste of Summer with an ice cold fruit pop from Summer J Pops. Available for delivery and special event batches.
Please remember to plan ahead and maintain social distancing. Please wear a face covering, bring hand sanitizer, and only travel with those within your immediate family unit. Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. Please remember to stay home if you are sick.