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For Pete’s sake

September 8, 2012


I’ve blogged before about the historic philanthropy of P.S. du Pont’s program to build modern schools for Delaware’s African American children. Now one of those remaining schools, Hockessin Colored School #107, is going back up for sheriff’s auction, and for the dumbest of reasons:

The school, owned by the Hockessin Community Center, was rescued earlier this year when a group of community leaders paid the community center’s $213,000 construction debt and pulled the property off the sheriff’s sale list. But that group, Friends of Hockessin Colored School #107, now has put the school back on the selling block because of an unresolved dispute between two factions of the center’s board of directors.

The property is listed for sale on Oct. 9, [Sheriff Trinidad] Navarro said.

Can’t some du Pont scions and their friends pull some money out of their sofa cushions, provide some organizational expertise, restore order to these squabblers, and preserve P.S. du Pont’s legacy? That’s what he would have done.

Play us out, Libba Cotten (sung by her granddaughter Brenda Evans):

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