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Full circle, from Wilmington to Washington

Posted by on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 11:38 AM

For yet another reminder of the historic impact of this year's election, consider this:

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The only coup d'etat in the nation's history occurred 110 years ago today in Wilmington, when a violent mob of white supremacists angry over election results killed 22 African Americans, forced the mayor and city government to resign, and burned down a black newspaper. On that day, a thriving, integrated, majority-black city became a flash point for the beginning of the Jim Crow era.

Today, North Carolina is a blue state that voted for a black president. No angry mobs in sight.

To commemorate the day, Wilmington's Star-News has this series on race and religion in the port city.

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