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City of New Castle


Historical Marker Dedication Commemorating the 1959 Collins Park Bombings

09/16/2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Cherry Lane and New Castle Avenue
Address: Cherry Lane and New Castle Avenue
New Castle

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On Saturday, September 16th the State of Delaware will dedicate a historical marker commemorating the 1959 Collins Park Bombings.  The marker will be located at Cherry Lane and New Castle Avenue, across from the Delaware Memorial Bridge park.  The public is invited to attend.

The Collins Park Bombings
On February 24, 1959 George, Lucille and Geraldine Rayfield, an African American Family, moved into their new home at 107 Bellanca Lane. As they moved in 300 protesters gathered out front, angered over the news that the Rayfields had moved into the all-white neighborhood. While the family was out on April 6, 1959 an explosion ripped through their house. Undeterred by the explosion, the Rayfields returned to their home. A second blast destroyed their house on August 2, 1959, leaving the Rayfields no choice but to leave. Within one week of the second bombing the police apprehended the bombers who were later convicted of both attacks.


                                   Delaware Public Archives- 2017 NCC-230