LeRae Umfleet

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.