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Friends of Hockessin Colored School repays $100K AAEFD loan

Delaware News Desk
The Friends of Hockessin Colored School No. 107 has paid back a $100,000 loan from the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, a statewide endowed fund at the Delaware Community Foundation.

The Friends of Hockessin Colored School No. 107 has paid back a $100,000 loan from the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, a statewide endowed fund at the Delaware Community Foundation.

The AAEFD loaned the money to Friends of HCS No. 107 in 2012, then under the leadership of William Allen, to help save the historic Hockessin Colored School from foreclosure. The school building, which played a central role in the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, was slated to go to sheriff’s sale and likely would have been destroyed to clear the land for redevelopment.

By making the loan, the AAEFD bought time for the Friends of HCS No. 107 to raise additional funds and establish a partnership with New Castle County government, said William Allen, who was AAEFD chair at the time of the loan and one of the founders of Friends of HCS No. 107. Now, the school building that helped bring down segregation is now being redeveloped into a center for diversity training, inclusion and social equity.

“The members and supporters of the AAEFD are proud to have been able to participate in the saving of our Delaware historic monument,” said Board Chair Melanie Daniels. “We look forward to celebrating with the Friends of the HCS No. 107 as it becomes a national historical site.”

For more on AAEFD, visit delcf.org/aaefd.