Commemorating Juneteenth: Film Screening and Discussion of Wilmington on Fire
Join us in person in the socially distanced SECU Auditorium or virtually for a screening and discussion of the feature-length documentary Wilmington on Fire. After the screening, stay for a conversation with Director/Producer Christopher Everett, which will be moderated by the NCMA’s director of performing arts and film, Moses T. Alexander Greene.
Wilmington on Fire (2015). Directed by Christopher Everett, 89 min., NR
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. 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.
About the director
Christopher Everett combined his love for history and film to direct and produce his first feature-length documentary, Wilmington on Fire, chronicling the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898. The film has been screening nonstop at various film festivals, museums, cultural centers, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Read his full bio here.
Co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Phi Lambda Chapter
Photo courtesy of Christopher Everett