The Richard Allen Coalition celebrated with hundreds of supporters Feb. 4 at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. Civic, business and religious leaders of the community joined together to celebrate and contribute to the mission of the coalition to create a cultural, civic and educational center. The evening began with recognition of board members, elected officials and alumni before dinner while musical selections and dance programs by God’s Small Wonders from Mt. Zion Church were performed. After dinner, board President Jane Hovington discussed the missions and goals of the Richard Allen Coalition. Elected officials in attendance were Gov. John Carney, Rep. Ruth Briggs-King, R-Georgetown, and Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, along with Georgetown Town Manager Gene Dvornick.
The Richard Allen School in Georgetown, which opened in 1920, was one of the schools built for the African-American community. When schools were integrated, the school became part of the Indian River School District.