Historical Marker Dedicated to Rabbit's Ferry Community Center
Katie Hall is the Program Coordinator for the Historical Markers Program at the Delaware Public Archives. She explains, "It's part of the Delaware Historical Markers Program. We have about 670 historical markers throughout the state, celebrating all sorts of aspects of local and community history. The new marker is to celebrate Rabbits Ferry School. The school was operated from 1920 to 1965 here in the Robinsonville community."
It was Native American and African American students that attended the school and it was one of the last one-room school's in Delaware.
William Vernon Street was a student at the Rabbit's Ferry School from 1953 to 1957. "One room with six classes and the teacher really had it cut out for her trying to get around to everybody during the day," he reminisces.
"When it closed, the students moved into the Lewes special school district as part of the desegregation movement in the state of Delaware," Hall explains.
The Rabbit's Ferry School lives on through the Rabbit's Ferry Community Center. In fact, former students say this building hasn't changed much over the ears except for a few renovations.
Street says "We try to repair it the same way it was, like the shingles, when they got bad, we put the very same cedar shake back on."
The Rabbit's Ferry Community Center now holds many purposes. Reverend Marjorie Belmont-Burns is a pastor here. "A lot of families that grew up in this area are still connected to here and have their celebrations. We just want people in the community to know that we're still here and that we want to play a vital role in their lives," she says.
Markers like this are funded by members of the Delaware General Assembly. This one is made possible by Senator Lopez and Representatives Schwartzkopf and Smyk. Over the next 4 years, they plan to unveil more markers at other historical schools and churches. A historical marker was also placed at the Israel United Methodist Church, with rests on Plantations Road, on Tuesday. Its dedication ceremony will take place in the Spring.