Contact: Laura Lee or Wendy Minor, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; Laura.Lee@state.de.us
Fort Delaware to host Aug. 24 presentation,
‘African-American Fort Delaware Uncovered’
DELAWARE CITY (Aug. 21, 2013) – Fort Delaware State Park will host a special presentation, “African-American Fort Delaware Uncovered,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Historian Roberta Perkins shares her research on the topic of African-Americans at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. Often overlooked and always challenging to research, African-Americans were a key part of the workings of the fort. Ms. Perkins’ display includes primary research material and a discussion of the obstacles she faced in her research.
Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River and is accessed by ferry only from either Delaware City or Salem, N.J. (New Jersey departure at 9:30 a.m. only). Visitors are encouraged to check the ferry schedule at www.destateparks.com prior to their visit.
Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12 and $10 for seniors, military, and veterans (with ID). Children under 2 are admitted free of charge. Picnic lunches are encouraged as there is no food concession on the island.
Reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the dock in Delaware City. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877- 987-2757 or visiting www.destateparks.com. Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance or less.
Vol. 43, No. 323