Acclaimed Black Township Massacre Documentary ‘Wilmington on Fire’ Now Available on Vimeo on Demand

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April 20th 2017

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Director Christopher Everett’s award-winning documentary “Wilmington on Fire” is now available on Vimeo on Demand, so you're just a few clicks away from streaming it.

The film has been on tour across the state of North Carolina as its release comes in the same month as the anniversary of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre which the film is based on.


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“Wilmington on Fire” chronicles the bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob 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 violent overthrow was the springboard for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South.

The documentary features activists, scholars, researchers, historians and direct descendants of the victims of the 1898 massacre including Dr. Umar Johnson, Professor William Darity Jr., Queen Quet, Larry Reni Thomas, Dr. Lewin Manly, Faye Chaplin, Kent Chatfield, LeRae Umfleet, Sonya Patrick and Daawud Muhammad.

The films is also available on DVD at www.spellerstreetfilms.bigcartel.com for those who'd rather own a physical copy.

We have been following and touting this important film on Shadow and Act for years now and are proud of all that Everett has accomplished with getting this story told. He has also been featured recently in The New Yorker and on PBS’ Black Issues Forum, to name a few.

For more information, contact Speller Street Films L.L.C. at spellerstreetfilms@gmail.com.

Watch the trailer for “Wilmington on Fire” below, and follow the link within the player to head to Vimeo's on demand page to watch the film.


by Curtis Caesar John on April 20th 2017
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