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Provident1898 Wonderland Film Series | Wilmington on Fire
December 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Join us every first Thursday of the month (October – May, excluding February) for our monthly film series in honor of the Wonderland Theater, a black owned movie theater built by Frederick K. Watkins. The North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association (later named North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co.) was founded the same year as the Wilmington on Fire massacre occurred. We are honored to have director Christopher Everett share his film with the Provident1898 community November 7th at 7pm. There will be a brief Q & A after the screening and Wilmington on Fire merchandise, popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. This event is FREE but you MUST RSVP through Eventbrite to reserve your tickets!
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.