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Club members will spruce up three East Side locations tomorrow

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the city’s Director of Parks and Recreation Ian Smith today expressed the city’s thanks and appreciation to members of the city’s historic center. Monday club for scheduling three beautification projects for tomorrow on the east side of town. The mayor said Monday Club’s community service efforts will support Wilmington’s Beautiful City program that has been underway since 2017 to keep neighborhoods and streets cleaner and more beautiful.

The Monday Club, founded in Wilmington in 1876, is the oldest black men’s social club in Delaware and is considered the oldest such club in the United States.

Tomorrow, and just before the opening next week of Wilmington’s 35e Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Monday Club and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will partner to complete landscaping projects at Millie Cannon Park, B Street and South Heald Street (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), Clifford Brown Lot (the site of Clifford Brown’s former home) at 1013 Clifford Brown Walk (10:45-11:45 a.m.) and the Clifford Brown Listening Garden at 1500 Clifford Brown Walk (1-3 p.m.). Landscaping will consist of planting shrubs and flowers, as well as mulching the beds being planted.

Mayor Purzycki and Director Smith said they were especially proud of one of our city’s employees – Lenny Williams, Superintendent of Parks Maintenance for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department – who has no only helped coordinate landscaping events on the east side, but is also a member of the Monday Club.

Monday Club History (as provided by club members):

Founded in 1876 by a group of seven black men—Mr. Alonzo GB Anderson, Mr. Walter S. Glasgow, Mr. Burnside E. Anderson, Mr. William H. Till, Mr. John Mason, Mr. John H. Benson, and Mr. Hiram Colder—The Monday Club is the oldest Black The Men’s Social Club in the State of Delaware and club members also believe the organization to be the oldest and oldest of its kind in the country. For the black men in the community who worked as butlers, cooks, coachmen, janitors and drivers, Monday was a special day for them as they stopped at a hotel on Front Street in Wilmington to socialize on their day off. Club members served as an employment agency for wealthy families in Wilmington and surrounding areas. Experienced members taught their colleagues how to serve large and small dinners and how to attractively prepare food for parties. The training has enabled others to obtain employment. The Monday Club was incorporated and granted a charter under the laws of the State of Delaware on November 4, 1893.

Notable Monday Club members have included:

Mr. Louis L. Redding Mr. James H. Gilliam Sr.
Mr. Edward R. Bell Mr. Herman Holloway Sr.
Dr. Woodrow Wilson Mr. Al O. Plant
Mayor James H. Sills, Jr. Dr. WW Goens
Mr. Charlie Kent Mr. Granville Brewington
Mr. Sydney Clark Mr. Robert Snow

COMMUNITY AND MEDIA INQUIRIES:

John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: [email protected]