A Way Forward (podcast on 1898 Wilmington Massacre)

Feb 8, 2024

In November 1898, an armed White supremacist mob—supported by most White elites in North Carolina—murdered untold numbes of Black Wilmington residents and drove the city’s elected Fusionist government from power, installing Democrats in their place. (Fusionists were a biracial coalition of mostly Black Republicans and mostly White members of the Populist Party.) The coup in North Carolina’s then-largest city violently snuffed out some of the last flickers of multiracial democracy in post-Civil War America.

Episode 5 of this series of podcasts is an exploration of the question “what would it mean to heal” with community members in Wilmington, and experts on restorative justice and reparations, including members of Coming to the Table, Kim Cook and Kieran Haile.

Scene on Radio is a two-time Peabody Award–nominated podcast that dares to ask big, hard questions about who we are—really—and how we got this way. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and is distributed by PRX (which distributes broadcast programs that are aired on public radio stations across all 50 U.S. states)

Listen to this podcast episode or download a pdf of the transcript HERE.


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