Dunleith, Delaware

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Dunleith, Delaware
Dunleith is located in Delaware
Dunleith is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°42′31″N 75°33′20″W / 39.70861°N 75.55556°W / 39.70861; -75.55556Coordinates: 39°42′31″N 75°33′20″W / 39.70861°N 75.55556°W / 39.70861; -75.55556
CountryUnited States
CountyNew Castle
56 ft (17 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)302
GNIS feature ID213916[1]

Dunleith is a suburb of Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. It was built in the early 1950s, and was the first housing development marketed for African-Americans in Delaware. In 1990, the population was 2,600.[2]


Dunleith is located at 39°42′31″N 75°33′20″W / 39.70861°N 75.55556°W / 39.70861; -75.55556 (39.708724, -75.555479).[1] It is 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wilmington and the Delaware Memorial Bridge is 2 miles (3.2 km) SE.[2]


The community was named after the Rogers and Du Pont family's estate, "Dunleith Mansion". In 1949 (Housing Act of 1949), Delaware Community Homes bought the approximately 85 acres (340,000 m2), and the homes were constructed by housing developer Leon Weiner.[3] Many World War II veterans, blue-collar workers, and teachers became homeowners for the first time.[4] The streets were named after prominent African-Americans such as Jackie Robinson, Ralph Bunche and George Washington Carver. Subsequently, two churches were built; Coleman Memorial Methodist Church on Anderson Drive and Community Presbyterian Church on Rogers Road. The Dunleith Community School was founded in 1956.



Surratte Park on Bethune Drive is named for John Surratte Sr., who was coach of the Dunleith Community School baseball team in the late 1960s.

An annual Dunleith Day is celebrated in Surratte Park every August.

A Homecoming Festival is also celebrated annually the day after Thanksgiving, since 1983.


  1. ^ a b "Dunleith". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Dunleith, Delaware (DE), United States Archived 2005-11-11 at the Wayback Machine". AllRefer.com.
  3. ^ "Dunleith (DE) (Images of America)[permanent dead link]". Target.com.
  4. ^ http://www.target.com/Dunleith-Images-America-James-Victoria/dp/0738542059[permanent dead link]