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Wilmington on Fire

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of the theater’s “Films That Matter” Series, a screening of the powerful film “Wilmington on Fire.”

Wilmington on Fire (synopsis): Rosewood has long been infamous, but Wilmington came first and was even more devastating in its effects. In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest city, with a majority black population, a thriving black middle class, and a biracial Republican-Populist fusion government. On November 10, an armed mob of Democrat-backed white supremacists opened fire on African American neighborhoods, slaughtering hundreds and driving thousands out of the city for good. In a five-year passion project that consumed all his resources, director Christopher Everett amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from historians and descendants of the victims to uncover a shocking event that marked a turning point in the politics of the post-Reconstruction South. Film length is 89 minutes.

A Q&A session with the film’s director, Christopher Everett, will follow the screening.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on line, at the theater box office or the night of the film.


January 24, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater
315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC 28358 United States
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(910) 738-4339