Lewes: Then (segregation) and Now (community)

The changes in Lewes in the 18 years between 1955 and 1973 were as dramatic as the changes that have occurred in the past 50 years, and not just because of the collapse of the Delaware Bay fishery in the intervening years. In 1955, segregation was still the adhered to law of the land in many places across the country, including Lewes, and in 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education had dropped a bomb on the law-driven, institutional racism of 17 of America’s then 48 states, one of which was Delaware.

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