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History

History

Congo Funeral Home has been serving Wilmington area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

Delaware's Premier Funeral Service Entity for Over 43 Years

In March of 1975, a longtime dream of Ernest "Sammy" Congo became a reality. Sammy and his wife, Cheris, held an open house for a "first-generation" funeral home located at 201 N. Gray Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. The facility had been built in the late 1950s by a well-known African American architect from Wilmington, Mr. Calvin Hamilton. Sammy and Cheris made Delaware history in that year by accomplishing what no other first-generation funeral home had ever done: they received 75 calls during their first year in business!

In 1986, the Congos opened their second funeral home located at 2317 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE. After purchasing this facility, which was originally built in 1932, they had it completely gutted and rehabilitated to become one of the most beautiful funeral homes in the area.

Since that time, Congo Funeral Home has become known as the premier leader in superior funeral service throughout Wilmington and surrounding areas.


Sammy, Cheris, and Trippi Congo
Licensed Funeral Directors

There are three licensed funeral directors to serve you at Congo Funeral Home: Ernest M. "Sammy" Congo, Cheris D. Congo, and son, Ernest "Trippi" Congo, II. We are also licensed in Maryland to service the needs of Maryland residents. We are blessed with a team of professional funeral home staff that shows care, compassion, and attention to every detail. We are available to serve you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Please feel free to call us at any time for any questions or information you may need.

Our two beautiful facilities are air-conditioned for your comfort, handicapped-accessible, and have off-street parking for your safety and convenience. Our Market Street facility has a seating capacity for up to 175 people; our Gray Avenue facility seats 75. Inside each of our facilities are chapels and a private lounge for the family. Exclusively at our Market Street location is a lower lounge with a closed circuit television to view the funeral. This lounge can also be utilized for repast and fellowship following a funeral.

Our beautiful fleet of white vehicles includes six limousines, five hearses, four sport utility escort cars, and a white stretch limousine.

PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

In 2005, Sammy, Cheris & Trippi Congo were proud to participate in the the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award competition.

This award honors seleted funeral homes for their outstanding service to families, community involvement, technical abilities, and professional integrity. The award requires a funeral home to meet strict quality service standards in nine (9) different categories of achievement. Congo Funeral Home is proud to have met these criteria and to have received this award during the October 2005 NFDA convention held in Nashville, Tennesee.

For Arrangements & Adminstration
Phone: (302) 652-8887
Fax: (302) 652-8891
2904 W. 2nd St., Wilmington, DE 19805

West Chapel
Phone: (302) 652-8887
201 N. Gray Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805

North Chapel
Phone: (302) 652-8887
2317 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19802

Congo Legacy Center
501 W. 28th St., Wilmington, DE 19802


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