Please join your local Triangle chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice in a free screening of Wilmington on Fire. This feature-length documentary film depicts the story of a government-sponsored massacre committed on an African American community in North Carolina during the Jim Crow era.
From the film’s promotional website:
“Wilmington on Fire” is a new feature-length documentary that chronicles The Wilmington Massacre of 1898. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and left countless numbers of African-Americans dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the White Supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. This incident has been barely mentioned and has been omitted from most history books. It was not until 2006, after the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it, that the tragedy became known to the general public.
View the trailer at: http://wilmingtononfire.com/about/
This event is being held in the Self-Help Community Meeting Room on Main Street in Downtown Durham. Parking is available at a number of parking garages. The entrance is street level on the corner of West Main and Market.
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