The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage honors two persons who dedicated their professional lives to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for African Americans and other disenfranchised Delawareans. As one of Delaware’s first African American nurses, Jane Evelyn Mitchell worked her entire career at the Delaware Psychiatric Hospital.
Her husband, Littleton P. Mitchell, served the United States in World War II as a Tuskegee Airmen instructor and then spent his entire career as a teacher and counselor at the Governor Bacon Health Center.
Both were members of the Delaware chapter of the NAACP, Mr. Mitchell serving as president for thirty years and at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
The purpose of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research, and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans and it is headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus in the Delaware History Museum.