coup d'etat

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob, led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, are believed to have murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and countless numbers of black business owners and residents fled.

It was the early 1990s when an American creative writing professor set about publishing his second novel.  The pivotal event in his book:  a 19th century bloody failure of democracy.  

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The City of Wilmington has named November 10th 1898 Day. It was 120 years ago that a white mob seized local government, murdered an unknown number of people, and burned down the only black-owned daily newspaper.  

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As February is Black History Month, we turn our attention to the 1898 coup d’état in Wilmington.  WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising.

In 1898, a group of white supremacists overthrew the democratically elected biracial government of Wilmington and replaced it with officials who instituted the first Jim Crow laws in North Carolina.  Philip Gerard, a creative writing professor at UNCW, researched these events for his historical novel: