City of Wilmington News Advisory/Invitation for News Coverage

On Tuesday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Council Member Zanthia Oliver will recognize and honor Delaware’s oldest African-American owned funeral home—Bell Funeral Home—with the placement of a state historic marker.

The event will take place at the Bell Funeral Home located at 909 Clifford Brown Walk. Members of the Bell family and friends will also be part of the event.

The late Edward R. Bell is a former City Council Member who founded the Bell Funeral Home in the 1930’s. Mr. Bell was also Delaware’s first African-American Deputy Coroner as well as the first African-American member of the State Penal Board.

John Rago

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications

Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki


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