1898 Wilmington Race Riot

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WILMINGTON — A historic foundation in North Carolina has made the surprising move of endorsing the removal of two Confederate monuments from the city of Wilmington.

Marker Describing 1898 Wilmington Violence As 'Coup' Dedicated

Nov 8, 2019
Historical marker in Wilmington

RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina is moving away from using the phrase "race riot" to describe the violent overthrow of the Wilmington government in 1898 and is instead using the word "coup" on the highway historical marker that will commemorate the dark event.

Henry Cronenberg / New Hanover County Public Library

One of the most difficult chapters in North Carolina’s history is getting some more recognition. On November 10, 1898, white supremacists backed by the Democratic party murdered dozens of black residents in the streets of Wilmington and overthrew the local Republican government in a coup. It’s known as the Wilmington Race Riot and it helped to usher in Jim Crow laws across the state.