Wilmington – US Civil Rights Trail

Howard High School and School Integration in Delaware

One of the five lawsuits combined in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case was based in Wilmington, Delaware. Gebhart v. Belton was filed in 1951 when parents of students who were being bused to the all-black Howard High School sued to allow their children admittance to Claymont High School, which was all-white at the time. Of the five cases in Brown v. Board of Education, the Howard High School case was the only one that resulted in an order of integration at the state level.


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