- February 24, 2023
Rockwood Park & Museum
4651 Washington Street Extension,
Wilmington, DE 19809
- Event Type
- Ticket Cost
- Free with admission
Rockwood is proud to debut important new objects that have recently been offered as gifts from descendants of the family who once lived in this Romantic-era mansion. Featuring a combination of family treasures and the house’s original art collection, these startling new returns expand understanding of early Delaware abolitionists, local patronage of Chinese export art forms, and collecting American antiques.
COLLECTION HIGHLIGHT! In honor of Black History Month, Rockwood is thrilled to share a recently discovered 1806 first-draft of a major abolitionist essay on Paul Cuffee (1759-1817), Black maritime captain of Westport Massachusetts. Captain Cuffee was the first African American to meet with a US president, opened the first integrated school in Massachusetts, fought for the right to vote in Massachusetts, explored a Black-led emigration program for emancipated enslaved populations who wished to become his trading partners in Africa, and was probably the wealthiest man of African descent in the early US. He was a frequent guest among Wilmington Delaware’s abolitionist Quakers where, it is recorded, he met and ultimately recited his memoirs to local apothecary, Joseph Bringhurst. This essay descended through the Bringhurst family of Rockwood.