Underground Railroad Station Master, Thomas Garrett, was born this week in 1789; Garrett and Harriet Tubman were crucial in the escape route, a.k.a. the ‘Underground Railroad’, used by runaway slaves heading north to freedom. The Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington, Delaware’s riverfront is named in their honor.
Photograph of Thomas Garrett,
DHS Collection, People PPLG21
Also during this week in 1907, the cornerstone was set for Adas Kodesch Synagogue at 6th and French streets in Wilmington, Delaware. This magnificent structure replaced a smaller building which served as the first spiritual home for many of northern Delaware’s Jewish immigrants. The new, larger synagogue was dedicated in 1908 and remained central to Wilmington’s traditional Jewish community for over fifty years. In the early 1960’s, a new synagogue was built for the Adas Kodesch community on Torah Way which stems from Washington Street Extension near the Rockwood Museum.
Adas Kodesch Synagogue c.1930,
DHS Sanborn Collection 87.17.230
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