Nassau School served students until 1965

February 27, 2024

The Nassau School was built in 1922 near the current-day Five Points intersection outside Lewes. 

It was one of the 33 Black schools built in Sussex County with funding from philanthropist millionaire Pierre S. du Pont.

During the time of segregation, students attended first through eighth grade at the school until 1965.

The school was purchased by the Delaware Department of Transportation as part of the lands of the Best family and Bests’ Ace Hardware to make way for a new access road from southbound Route 1 to a new roundabout at Plantation Road and Beaver Dam Road. The building was used for storage.

A long-awaited renovation project in the works. It is a collaboration among Delaware's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, which now owns the school, the Greater Lewes Foundation, Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and Nassau School Coalition. The four groups will work together to establish programming for the school.


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