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Dunleith, a community just two miles south of Wilmington, arose in the early 1950s and was the first African American housing development marketed in Delaware. African Americans, many of whom were World War II veterans, teachers, and blue-collar workers, purchased their first homes in Dunleith. During this period of civil rights programs, finding equal education and housing opportunities was a challenge, particularly for African Americans. The school and churches of the Dunleith Estates community encouraged a generation of families to persevere through this difficult period. The rich history of the community is documented through vintage photographs in Images of America: Dunleith.
About the Author
Author Victoria James is no novice in the fields of ministry, education, and entrepreneurship. After graduating from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a degree in human services, James received a master’s degree in educational counseling from Wilmington College. Drawn from research, archives, private collections, and personal interviews, this pictorial history reminds readers of the instrumental people who established, maintain, and preserve the community of Dunleith.