Wilmington On Fire

photo of writer David Zucchino
Becca Fox

 

Pulitzer Prize winner David Zucchino tackles Wilmington’s big lie in his latest book. Often called the Wilmington Massacre, early history described it as an unfortunate event where blacks were planning a race riot to overthrow whites. What history uncovered was a highly structured, highly coordinated coup planned by white supremacists to strip blacks of their newly-gained political power.

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The Facebook live comedy and interview show “Intelligently Ratchet” hosts conversations that span politics, art and culture. Co-hosts Kevin “Kaze” Thomas and Karim “Bishop Omega” Jarrett set the tone for a program that is smart but approachable, and this month they are hosting a number of conversations to mark Black History Month.

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Christopher Everett

For more than 100 years, the haunting memory of a race riot has lingered with Wilmington's black community. In 1898, a group of violent white rioters overthrew the local government and attacked the city's black residents.

At the time, Wilmington was predominantly black and held the state's only black-owned newspaper. However, the coup d'etat tarnished black progress in the South and became a turning point in post-Reconstruction race relations.