15 N 8th Street
Family and Community
The Sadgwar family has had a long and distinguished involvement in Wilmington. David Elias Sadgwar, born in Wilmington in 1817, was the son of a French sea captain while his mother is unknown. Upon his birth, he was given to two slaves and who raised him as their own. Census records list David as a "mulatto" which meant that one parent was white and the other African American. In 1867, David helped found the Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church. David, a carpenter by trade, passed that knowledge on to his eldest son, Frederick.

Frederick Cutlar Sadgwar, born in 1843, was as accomplished as his father. Upon the end of the Civil War, Frederick completed his education at Lincoln University. After his return from school he established a freedman’s (what the freed slaves were called) Bureau School in Whiteville, North Carolina and taught carpentry to freedmen in Wilmington. From 1881 until his death in 1925, Frederick was an important member of Wilmington’s African American business, charitable, and religious communities. Frederick built this house in 1889. In 1923, Frederick joined the Baha’i faith and this house became the Baha’i Center, in 1989.


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