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 noon-5:30pm weekdays at the theater or at the door. Doors open 6pm for the 7pm screening. Contact the theater at 910-738-4339 for more information.