From one-room schoolhouses to desegregation, African Americans on the Delmarva Peninsula saw a number of challenges and triumphs from the end of the Civil War into the 20th century.
Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture showcases the unique culture that supported many of those schools in the exhibit “When Communities Come Together: African American Education on the Eastern Shore.” The display opened Tuesday in the first-floor lobby of the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.
The exhibit continues through Wednesday, May 31. A reception is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, followed by a screening of the film Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities from 7 to 9 p.m. in the building’s fourth-floor Assembly Hall.
Highlights include photos and records representing Princess Anne Academy, the area’s Rosenwald Schools, the process of school desegregation in Salisbury and surrounding areas, and efforts to grow African American enrollment at SU in the 1970s and beyond.
Celebrating African American History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, the exhibit also features local educators, such as Salisbury High School’s Jeanette Pinkett Chipman, who strived to improve the quality of education for African American students in their communities.
Sponsored by SU Libraries, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Center website at salsbury.edu/nabb.