Milton Historical Society bus trip set June 23, in remembrance of 1903 lynching

Tickets must be purchased by June 14
June 9, 2019

The Milton Historical Society, in conjunction with its newly-opened exhibition Walking into Greatness: Bryan A. Stevenson, and in partnership with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and CAMP Rehoboth, will host a bus trip Sunday, June 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to a dedication ceremony in remembrance of the 1903 lynching of George White in Wilmington. The ceremony, sponsored by the Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition and Sen. Darius Brown, includes a soil collection by Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. 

After the bus departs from the Milton Historical Society, the agenda for the day includes a first stop at Historic Odessa with tours of the Wilson-Warner House and the Corbit-Sharp House, part of Delaware’s Underground Railroad network.  Following a boxed lunch at Odessa’s Cantwell’s Tavern, which includes either a chicken salad or caprese salad sandwich with water, chips, cookie and fruit, included in the bus trip ticket price, participants re-board the bus to continue to the historical marker dedication in Wilmington. Guests board the bus to return from the ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and arrive back in Milton around 6:30 p.m.  Participants will be able to park at the Milton Historical Society or in the adjacent municipal lot on the day of the event.  

The lynching of George White took place in 1903 before he could be tried for the attack of Helen Bishop.  Burned alive in front of a crowd of thousands, White’s lynching is one of the most horrific acts of racial terror in New Castle County.  His bones were collected and sold as souvenirs.  News of this heinous act was widespread and denounced by figureheads from around the world, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

Tickets for this trip are $50 and include the round-trip bus ride, tours of the Corbit-Sharp and Wilson-Warner Houses, a boxed lunch, and the dedication ceremony and soil collection. Seats are limited. Reservations must be made at no later than Friday, June 14. 

The Milton Historical Society is located at 210 Union Street; phone: 302-684-1010. 

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