This African American community was located in Delaware City near the foot of the Reedy Point Bridge. Polktown was one of the earliest free black settlements in Delaware. It included a church, school, and many residences. Polktown land ownership was controlled by whites from 1830-1845. Two purchases by African Americans, first by Rev. Shadrach Boyer and his two sons, then by Perry Reynolds and Betsy Green in 1853, marked the first African American ownership. Polktown’s initial fortunes were linked to the C&D canal. #BlackHistoryMonth2021 #EquityCSD #powerofwecsd