Wilmington’s 1898 massacre. What comes after remembrance?
200 people gathered at 1898 Memorial Park on an overcast Saturday during the November commemorations of Wilmington, North Carolina’s massacre and coup d’état for a ritual of community remembrance and soil-collection ceremony, using trowels to fill large jars with dirt from massacre sites. One set of jars, etched with names of the deceased, will be displayed in Wilmington. Another set will stand, among hundreds from other U.S. cities, in the museum at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama. Story by the great granddaughter of one of the instigators of that horrific day 123 years ago: long-time CTTT member from Dallas, Texas, Lucy McCauley.
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