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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / New York Public Library Digital Collections

Last Sunday, the Oscar for Best Picture went to “Green Book.”

The film is based on a true story about a working-class Italian-American man who gets a job as a chauffeur and bodyguard for a gay African-American pianist and drives him through the segregated South of the early 1960s.

But the movie doesn’t delve much into what the Green Book its name after was really all about.

Two years ago, former Delaware Public Media reporter Megan Pauly did, bringing us the story of this safe haven guide created specifically for African American travelers – called The Negro Motorist Green Book - from a First State perspective

Note: This piece orginally aired in June 2017

 


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The 2019 Academy Awards will be handed out later this month.  The Oscars are an annual reminder of just how big a part movies play in our nation’s cultural life.

But the way we experience movies today is far different that it used to be – a fact driven home by a new book entitled “ Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware.”

It’s author, Micheal Nazarewycz, digs deep into the history of the places we’ve watched films in the First State and chronicles the changes they gone through over the years.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, he joins Delaware Public Media's Tom Byrne to discuss it.


Courtesy of the Smithsonian

An archaeological discovery unveiled Wednesday in the City of Rehoboth Beach sheds light on a part of Delaware’s 17th century history.

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The Delaware Public Archives opened its Great War in The First State exhibition this week—honoring the contributions made by Delawareans during World War I.

New Castle Court House Museum

The New Castle Court House Museum is kicking off a brand new exhibit Saturday. It’s called “New Castle: Three Forts, One Community.”


Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

A number of historic buildings – from the Thomas England House, to Summerton Mansion in Middletown – have been demolished in recent months.

 

Historic preservation advocates are rallying to change that, and nonprofit Preservation Delaware is willing to help organize such efforts in the First State.

Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly sat down with the group’s Executive Director James Hanby.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / New York Public Library Digital Collections

Summer is the time many families hit the road - heading to the beach and elsewhere.

 

But many vacation destinations like Rehoboth Beach weren’t always a welcome place for African Americans. And simply traveling on the open road during the segregation era wasn’t very safe for them.

 

But there was a booklet of safe havens created specifically for African American travelers – called The Negro Motorist Green Book - to help guide them.

 

Megan Pauly examines the book and its First State connections in History Matter, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society.


City of Newark

The city of Newark is partnering with the NAACP and University of Delaware on a historic preservation project.

They’ll be collecting oral history accounts from the New London Road/School Hill community this Saturday May 20th, as well as scanning and documenting mementos from current and former residents.

Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke with Newark NAACP member Dr. Freeman Williams about the event, and that community’s  history.


UD anthropology students have been excavating some areas around the historic Read House in New Castle.


Henry Szymanski Collection / Delaware Historical Society

March’s History Matters featured an image of Estella’s Beauty Shop on Wilmington's East Side from 1939.  Here in April, we focus on the man behind that photo and hundreds of others and the memories they evoke.

 

 

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