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Wilmington, North Carolina Circle
February 21, 2002

In 1898, White Supremacists seized power in the beautiful port of Wilmington North Carolina. They burned the town's Black newspaper -believed to be the only Black daily in the South-after it challenged the justice of lynch-law for Black "rapists." The plotters exiled the mayor and many officials, killed a number of African Americans and drove thousands out of town in the only coup d’etat in U.S. history.

Listening Between the Lines, formerly the “Reality Works” Project, in partnership with the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear and WHQR-FM public radio, broadcast a community forum to discuss the legacy of the 1898 events. The discussion was based on the Democracy’s Denial program, and funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council. The discussion used the well-known “Study Circles” format for intimate guided discussions





  1. Study Circle Rules
  2. Participants’ Introduction
  3. Is History Important?
  4. Lingering effects
  5. Personal Experience
  6. Wilmington’s Black Community Today
  7. Do we need to know?
  8. Attitudes
  9. Politics
  10. Schools and Solutions
  11. Wrapping Up


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