1898 Massacre and Coup d’Etat 120th Anniversary Observance
This fall, the 1898 Massacre and Coup d’etat Observance Committee will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the only forcible takeover of a constitutionally-elected government in our nation’s history.
On November 10th, 1898, the democratically-elected Wilmington City Council was violently overthrown by a white supremacist coup comprised of prominent community members.
Beyond the local impact of this tragedy, the state & national repercussions saw the advent of the Jim Crow-era. This was characterized by the voter suppression and the economic disenfranchisement many African-Americans still feel today.
This week of observance, beginning November 4th through November 11th, will be highlighted by community forums, film documentaries, entertainment, and official recognition by local city and county governments.