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"Wilmington Riot of November 10, 1898" Source Documents

Identifier: SC-MS-069

Scope and Contents

This collection was compiled in 1973 by Michael Glancy, to complete his Multiple Abilities Project research report entitled "The Wilmington Riot of November 10, 1898." The collection includes xerographic, microform, and photocopies of newspaper and periodical articles, letters, memoranda, resolutions, and memoirs of some of the principal participants in the November 10, 1898 racially-motivated coup d'etat of Wilmington, NC. Featured persons include Alfred Moore Waddell, Senator Marion Butler, and Harry Hayden, among others.


  • Creation: 1865-1936 (photocopies)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical Note

In 1898, members of the Democratic party in North Carolina orchestrated a white supremacist political campaign that resulted in the violent overthrow of the locally elected government in Wilmington on November 10. In a bid to remove Fusion party members of Black businessmen and their white political allies from public positions of influence, a group of armed, white men—coaxed on and led by powerful community leaders known as The Secret Nine—attacked and killed Black citizens throughout the city, ran out many others, and finally placed their own Democratic candidates in the newly vacated seats. The events of the 1898 coup marked a turning point in the post-Reconstruction South that changed the trajectory of race relations in North Carolina and marked the start of Jim Crow laws in the state, which further enforced racial segregation through the mid-20th century.


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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Michael Glancy in 1973.

Related Publications

Glancy, Michael L., The Wilmington riot of November 10, 1898. 1973 (SENC F263.5 .g45 1973)

Processing Information

Collection originally processed by Lana Donaldson Taylor in 1994. In 2015, this collection was rehoused with current archival standard materials by Maya Rodgers.

"Wilmington Riot of November 10, 1898" Source Documents
Lana Donaldson Taylor
1994 April 15
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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository