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Coalition Formed to Preserve Nassau School in Lewes

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LEWES, Del.- The Nassau School Coalition was formed to preserve a historic black school that's over a century old.

The Nassau School, also known as Belltown School, was one of the 80 schools Pierre S. du Pont built for African American children prior to desegregation. The Delaware Department of Transportation currently owns the property.

The Lewes Historical Society, Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and community members formed a coalition to preserve the school and eventually renovate it into a museum. 

Charlotte King, a coalition leader, explained the lack of historic minority sites in Lewes. 

"Non-minority history has been preserved, we have a historical district. African Americans are as significant in the growth and development of this area as other groups," said King. 

The school could be relocated once DelDot starts construction of the Five Points intersection. DelDot said it is creating a committee to provide suggestions for the new location. 

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