A Separate Place :
The Schools that P.S. du Pont Built

A Separate Place is a documentary film about the ambiguous legacy of segregation and desegregation in African American education. Focusing on the schools built by P.S. du Pont in Delaware, the film is based on compelling interviews with teachers and students whose lives span seventy-five years of African American education.

A Separate Place is available in two versions, the full 54 minute film suitable for adult and high school audiences, and a shortened 25 minute version specially tailored for use in elementary and middle schools. Directed by Alonzo Crawford and edited by Kendrick Simmons, A Separate Place was generously funded by the Longwood Foundation with partial support from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Hagley Museum and Library.

This site provides access to the film and a teacher's guide for use by educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

Teel Petty :
President, Board Member of Buttonwood School

Teel Petty has served as New Castle City Councilperson for more than seven years, having been first elected in April of 2004. As a Council member, Mrs. Petty has participated in a number of training sessions provided by the University of Delaware. Mrs. Petty is active with the Delaware Historical Society and Preservation Delaware. Mrs. Petty has been a long-time community activist involved in many causes, including working with her husband on establishment and rehabilitation of the Buttonwood Colored School as a museum and community center
Mrs. Petty was born and raised in New Castle and lives in the Buttonwood community. She has been married to her husband, Gene, for 47 years and they have eight children and numerous grandchildren.