Knotty Pine Restaurant (NC-149) - Wilmington, DE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member johmer79
N 39° 44.707 W 075° 32.628
18S E 453409 N 4399609
Quick Description: Knotty Pine Restaurant historical marker in Wilmington, DE.
Location: Delaware, United States
Date Posted: 11/26/2009 11:39:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM7RC6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
In 1875 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation requiring the racial segregation of public places such as train stations, hotels, and restaurants. For most of the next century this practice was strictly enforced. Established at this location in 1959 by Lottie "Mom" Ewing, the Knotty Pine Restaurant was a refuge for African Americans in a city where access to public facilities was still limited. noted for its "down home cooking" and friendly atmosphere, the Knotty Pine was popular with residents and visitors alike. Among the establishment's many patrons were entertainers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Lena horne. In 1961 the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting refusal of service due to race or religion. With the approval of the Public Accommodations Act by the state legislature in 1963, the era of legally segregated public places in Delaware was over.
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