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Virtual Film Screen With A Dean: Wilmington on Fire

April 28, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

As part of the series, “Film Screen with a Dean,” Anne Cooper Moore, dean of J. Murrey Atkins Library, invites you to a virtual panel discussion on Wilmington on Fire, a feature-length documentary directed by Christopher Everett that chronicles The Wilmington Massacre of 1898.

April 28, 2021 2:00 – 4pm EST

Everyone is encouraged to view the film prior to the virtual discussion. Wilmington on Fire is available to screen on Vimeo at no cost. Registration is required; a Zoom link will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.

In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest city, with a majority black population, a thriving black middle class, and a biracial Republican-Populist fusion government. On November 10, an armed mob of Democrat-backed white supremacists opened fire on African American neighborhoods, slaughtering hundreds and driving thousands out of the city for good.

Most often considered a “race riot,” this attack on prosperous African-American citizens and businesses is virtually unknown. 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.

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.

A panel including Everett will discuss the movie and answer your questions about the 1898 massacre, which is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup that took place on United States soil.

Panelists include:

Christopher Everett, Documentarian

Dr. Janaka Lewis, Educator and author

Dr. Jeffrey Leak, Educator

Rodney Stringfellow, Educator and screenwriter

Timothy N. Pinnick, Educator, author, researcher, speaker


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Register to attend HERE.


April 28, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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UNC Charlotte