• New Castle Court House - NPS

    First State

    National Monument DE,PA


Dedication Day, March 25, 2013

Dedication Day - March 25, 2013

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First State National Monument was established by President Obama on March 13, 2013 as the 400th unit of the National Park System. As such, it is managed by the same laws and regulations as other units of the National Park System by the National Park Service.

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Did You Know?

Black and white illustration of John Hunn

Abolitionists Thomas Garret and John Hunn were tried in 1848 in the New Castle Court House in Delaware for violating the Fugitive Slave Act. Found guilty, they were fined thousands of dollars, lost their homes and businesses, but vowed to continue the fight against slavery regardless of the cost.