The Richard Allen Coalition will host its third annual gala at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Cheer Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown.

The Richard Allen Elementary School in Georgetown is one of the 80 “colored schools” built by

Pierre DuPont in the 1920s. It was Pierre DuPont’s desire to provide African-American children

educational opportunities not available during the time when schools were segregated.

Former Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation passed by the state legislature turning the building

over to the Richard Allen Coalition on Aug. 12, 2015. ​The coalition was working to provide funding to make the necessary repairs and provide programs at the school.

The gala’s keynote speaker will be Sylvester Woolford, of Newark, a lecturer of history and genealogy. Woolford received a Bachelor of Science at Delaware State University and his Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University. Woolford began researching his own family’s history developing his interest in history and genealogy. He has lectured throughout Delaware on the history he has uncovered.

This year’s theme is “Native Sons of Sussex County.” There will also be musical selections from a capella group Sombarkin’, a musical group featuring Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr. and Jerome McKinney.

Tickets to the gala are $40 and are available by calling 258-7182 or 644-4303 or by mailing to Richard Allen Coalition, P.O. Box 624, Georgetown DE 19947.

For more, call 258-7182 or 644-4303.