Posts Tagged ‘Smyrna’

The Tragic Odyssey of Obie Evans and other African-Americans in Civil War Delaware

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Join us on Saturday, November 5, 10:30 a.m. as the Delaware Public Archives continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with a program entitled “The Tragic Odyssey of Obie Evans and other African-Americans in Civil-War Delaware.”  Obie Evans escaped slavery, survived the Battle of the Crater, and participated in Baltimore’s post-war street riots–only to be murdered by other war veterans near Smyrna in 1866. His story reveals the triumphs and tragedies of African-Americans in Civil War Delaware.

            This will be the fourth in a series of four Civil War programs presented this year at the Archives by Dr. Steve Newton of Delaware State University.  Dr. Newton is the author of nine books and an Associate Editor of North & South magazine.  He has been a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University since 1990.  Currently, he serves as the Acting Chairman of the History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department at the University. 

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail 

Newly Conserved Document Shows 1825 Road from Smyrna to Seaford

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Several items have just returned from being conserved and one of the more interesting ones is an oversize plot for a road from Cowgill’s Corner (south of Smyrna) to the Seaford area.  Completed in 1825, this plot provides a detailed look at one of period’s main transportation arteries through Kent and Sussex County.  While the towns are not accurately portrayed in terms of the actual structures being represented, the plot does include specific land areas and the individuals who owned those properties. Stretching in length to more than 11 feet long, the plot is part of the Court of General Sessions.

Archivist Randy Goss examines the 1825 document.

Archivist Randy Goss examines the 1825 document.