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"Wilmington On Fire," A Documentary Unveiling Major Massacre Of Black Township In NC With Pete Chatmon Producing, Needs Your Help

by Cynthia Reid
January 19, 2012 3:06 PM
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Wilmington on Fire poster

Every now and then, I come across projects that send me on a fervent Google search for info and that was the case with filmmaker Christopher Everett's Wilmington On Fire, a documentary in development detailing a little-known, bloody massacre that took place in North Carolina in 1898.

The project, which has Pete Chatmon attached as an executive producer, is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and how the descendants of the victims of the event are asking for legal action in regards to compensation / reparations.

So what exactly happened during this massacre?  On November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, a heavily armed white mob attacked and killed members of the black-majority city.  The event is not just considered a race riot but a coup d'etat since it's the only instance of a municipal government being overthrown in US history.

Most folks are familiar with massacres that took place in Tulsa and Rosewood regarding US history but not Wilmington.  Everett and Chatmon hope to enlighten the public regarding this historical event as stated on the Indiegogo page..."The purpose of the film is to educate and bring awareness to people of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds on the importance, significance of this event in history and to present the story from an African-American perspective. This incident is barely mentioned and has been omitted from most history books. It was not until 2006, after the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it, that the tragedy become known to the public. It was supposed to be a secret, and it was for over 100 years. The film features interviews from historians, authors, activists and actual descendants of the victims of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898."

Right now, they're fundraising to cover production cost such as film crew travel expenses and are looking to raise $3100.  You can help by donating to the project HERE as well as joining the Facebook page HERE.

Below is a teaser trailer.

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  • Word is Bourne | May 12, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    I had the opportunity to speak with the producer and he is really passionate about putting it out to the world. This is a peace of African American history that was kept from us until 2006. You can check out more information on it at

  • Ash | January 21, 2012 10:47 PMReply

    Omg, I never even knew about this. What's in our history books are truly one-sided, biased stories that completely omit important events in our history. I for one am saddened and embarrassed that I've never heard of this massacre and it was never mentioned in any of my history classes up to college.

  • Robert Nailon Jr | January 19, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    We (Americans of African descent) must never stop telling our story. There are so many unacquainted with the truth and who will do the telling if not us. My wife and I will proudly support this film which was recommended by our youngest daughter Renay.

  • Christopher Everett | January 19, 2012 6:13 PMReply

    Thanks again for the support Cynthia!

  • Pete Chatmon | January 19, 2012 4:53 PMReply

    We definitely appreciate your spreading the word on this Cynthia! And thanks to all who continue to do the same. People should know about this story and with the help of those interested we can give them a visual tool from which to spark conversation and education. Thanks!

  • Nadine | January 19, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    Beautiful content...and they only need $3100?!?!?

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