Exclusive Clips: Wilmington On Fire (DOCUMENTARY)

June 2, 2012

“They murdered everyone who was either of power, or in power. Educated blacks. Populist whites. I’m sure they had a hit list of people to kill. I’m sure this was not spontaneous…” ~ Kent Chatfield

Wilmington on Fire is moving along, and director Chris Everett just shared a few clips with me that I will share with you. It’s my first time serving as an executive producer, and it’s pretty amazing to watch this come together, give feedback along the way, and await new developments. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is also considered one of the only examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d’etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow (segregation) throughout the state of North Carolina, and the American South.

More exclusive clips after the jump!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

T June 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Ok so where any of you here in 1898 to form these opinions?

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Pete June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’m not sure what you mean by this comment. No, no one was there but the history is documented and from there one can look at the information to form an opinion.

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Kent Chatfield June 6, 2012 at 3:17 am

No–I was not there.
But when I was eight years old I met one of the men who was there. And he was telling the story of what happened.
Since then, I have read thousands of documents from the papers of the coup leader–Attorney William Berry McCoy.

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