Hockessin Heritage – “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – MLK

Hockessin blazed a trail for freedom.

History lives.

Hockessin lies on the arc of Delaware’s border with Pennsylvania.  Once part of the lower three counties of Pennsylvania and a land grant to William Penn’s daughter, Hockessin has played a large part in leading Delaware as a state toward justice in matters of human rights.

Memories of many heroes who lived in the Hockessin area and who helped define the America that we know today have eluded many of our schools and teachers.  Some of these heroes left the area voluntarily and some were driven away; but, their impacts have been great. Whether it has been Sarah Bulah in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, Abraham Doras Shadd of Pike Creek or some of the great Quaker industrialists and millers who championed freedom and business, they changed both Delaware and America for the better.

The Hockessin area served an important function in changing Delaware from an antebellum enslavement state to a leading progressive state where competitive businesses flourish.

Accordingly, the Hockessin Heritage Foundation’s vision is to (1) provide education around Hockessin’s areas national historic sites and landmarks and (2) maintain special collection libraries on important topics relevant to the history of the Hockessin.

The Hockessin Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the history of Hockessin and the surrounding area by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and studying its relationship to the area and the nation.

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