On this day (Nov. 10), in 1898, the Wilmington Massacre took place in Wilmington, North Carolina. This tragic event occurred exactly 125 years ago, marking a brutal display of white supremacy and the violent overthrow of the elected Reconstruction-era government.
During the Wilmington Massacre, white supremacists targeted African Americans, engaging in a ruthless campaign of murder and intimidation.
The violence was not only aimed at individuals but also sought to dismantle the progress made during the Reconstruction era. Elected officials who supported the rights of African Americans were forcibly removed from their positions in a coup.
The Wilmington Massacre is a reminder of the persistent struggle for civil rights in the United States and how a coup or an insurrection should never be downplayed.