State’s oldest African American-owned funeral home gets historical marker


Wilmington City officials dedicated a state historical marker Tuesday for the Bell Funeral Home on the city’s East Side.

Officials say it is the oldest existing African American-owned funeral home in the state. It was founded in the 1930s by Edward R. Bell, who was a two-term Wilmington City Council member.

James Llewellyn Bell says his uncle’s legacy as a funeral director is spread throughout the city.

“He also trained all the existing African-American funeral directors that are now active in the City of Wilmington with the exception of two,” said Bell.

Edward Bell was also Delaware’s first African-American Deputy Coroner and the first African-American member of the State Penal Board.

J. Llewellyn Bell says his uncle valued community.

“He was a highly active, very…

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