WILMINGTON - Vincent Robinson spearheaded effort to have a historical marker placed on French Street between 8th & 9th which was the original site of The Monday Club for more than 100 years. The effort was sponsored by State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden.
[caption id="attachment_204987" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Left to right; David Jones, President of The Monday Club and Vincent Robinson, Financial Secretary of The Monday Club | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MONDAY CLUB[/caption]
The Monday Club got its name because Monday was the day off for “service” workers such as chauffeurs, cooks, butlers, waiters, janitors, coachmen and house servants, jobs that many black workers performed in those days.
“The Monday Club” was incorporated on Nov. 4, 1893, and received a permanent charter in June 1913. That makes it the oldest African-American organization in continuous service not only in Delaware, but perhaps in the nation.
The dedication plaque reads, "In 1876, a group of African Americans men seeking opportunities for political involvement, socioeconomic freedom, and cultural enrichment in Wilmington for The Monday Club. The club incorporated in 1893 and was named for members only day off from work in service industry positions. Membership also includes judges, teachers, lawmakers, and business professionals. The Monday Club opened a clubhouse at 917 French Street in 1896, providing a space where African Americans could gather and socialize. The Monday Club relocated to New Castle in 2000. The Monday Club is arguably the oldest Black social organization in the United States."
[caption id="attachment_204986" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Left to right; Governor John Carney, Stephen Williams, David Jones, William Allen | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MONDAY CLUB[/caption]