HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 20
DIRECTING THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO COMMEMORATE THE DELAWARE BREAKWATER QUARANTINE STATION 1884-1926 BY THE ERECTION OF A STATE HISTORICAL MARKER IN THE CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK ON OR NEAR OCTOBER 20, 1986, THE ONE HUNDRED AND SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE STATION.
WHEREAS, the opening of the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station on October 20, 1884 was the beginning of a unique event in Delaware history; and
WHEREAS, the Station was part of a national effort to prevent the importation and spread of epidemics into major American cities by the waves of people Immigrating to America; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that over 200,000 people passed through the Station; and
WHEREAS, the Cape Henlopen State Park contains the site of the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station; and
WHEREAS, the one hundred and second anniversary of the opening of the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station will fall on October 20, 1986; and
WHEREAS. Delaware's population is composed of descendents of Immigrants and it is fitting that the Immigrants be honored.
BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the House of Representatives and Senate of the 133rd General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that the Director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs commemorate the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station, its staff and the people who went through the facility by the erection of a State Historical Marker on the Cape Henlopen State Park.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such dedication take place on or near October 20,1986, the one hundred and second anniversary of the opening of the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station.
Approved May 21, 1986.