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Film Screening: Wilmington on Fire

May 6 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Directed, Produced and Presented by Christopher Everett

Wilmington on Fire is a feature-length documentary that chronicles The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party 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. In a five-year passion project that consumed all his resources, director Christopher Everett amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from historians and descendants of the victims to uncover a shocking event that marked a turning point in the politics of the post-Reconstruction South.

Note: The film has a run time of 89 minutes; Christopher Everett will host a Q&A session immediately following.

Reception with coffee and cookies follows.

Reservations are required for this free lecture and reception, as a part of our Spring 2019 Learning Series. To inquire about availability and to make a reservation please email rsvp@forestduke.org or call 919-433-2385.