The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will host the South Carolina premiere of the new documentary, “Wilmington on Fire” at the St. Helena Branch Library. This will be part of the “Gullah/Geechee Living History Series.” The public is invited to this FREE event on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 pm. Refreshments will be provided during the screening.
A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed in this outstanding film that has been playing to sold out houses throughout North Carolina. The Wilmington Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. 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. “Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.
Following the film showing will be a discussion with the filmmaker, Christopher Everett along with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and independent researcher, Kent Chatfield who both appear in the documentary. Come out and engage in an evening that will burn the truth into your heart and mind!