*The Wilmington Massacre 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 coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens 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.
“Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.
“I really wanted to make a film from the perspective of the African-American victims and also how the Coup plotters were able to pull of this horrific event that changed the course of American history forever,” said Christopher Everett, Director of Wilmington on Fire. “I want this film to really engage and start dialogue on this history along with current race relations not only in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina, but all over America.”
View the trailer: ‘Wilmington on Fire’
The film is being screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival on November 14th at 3:45pm at Thalian Hall (Main). The address is 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.cucalorus.org/film_