Marker, new street commemorate successful effort to desegregate Wilmington diner

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The City of Wilmington, State of Delaware, The The Buccini/Pollin Group, and the Wilmington Parking Authority joined with family and community members to formally recognize and honor the late Wilmington City Council Member and civil rights activist William H. “Dutch” Burton.

At the site in downtown Wilmington, Burton made history.

Burton Place, a new street located within the Residences at Mid-Town Park residential complex on West 9th Street, was unveiled Friday as was a state historic marker to commemorate the landmark court decision Burton vs. Wilmington Parking Authority.

The case eventually led to the overturning of Delaware ’s public accommodations law that enforced segregation.

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