Our work began with attempting to undo an act of historical erasure. By recruiting students from multiple schools to work as research assistants, we led a class to uncover and preserve lost or forgotten copies of the The Wilmington Daily Record, the African-American newspaper destroyed at the onset of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre. Our students located multiple copies, transcribed, and digitized them. The voices that the mob sought to silence are readable today by anyone with an internet connection.
We also produce arts and cultural events, including original musical productions "When the Battle’s Over" and "Lost Love Song," with Rhiannon Giddens, Regina Carter, Clyde Edgerton, Christa Faison, the Williston Alumni Choir, and others.
The work is multi-faceted and ongoing. Please consider making a donation.
Read about our Projects in the News via the links below:
The Daily Record Recovery Project
Joshua Halsey Grave Marker Project
"Great grandchildren of 1898 victim react to discovery of Joshua Halsey’s gravesite" WECT, October 13, 2021.
"Grave of 1898 victim discovered, funeral planned 123 years later," WECT, October 12, 2021.
"NY Times Magazine writer teaches youth about Wilmington's racial background," WECT, February 22, 2019.
"'Listen to the blood': Funeral Commemorates Victim of Wilmington Massacre 123 years later," The Star News, November 6, 2021.
"Lumina Festival's "Lost Love Song" unearth's forgotten tune with Wilmington ties," The Star News, July 12, 2019.
"Rhiannon Giddens, Tar Heel of the Year finalist, uses music to enlighten and preserve past," News & Observer, December 26, 2018.
"Cucalorus Festival illuminates shadows of history," The Star News, November 15, 2018.
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