Did you know that the great jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway has played Wilmington?
Or that a group of slaves working at the Bellamy Mansion during the Civil War hijacked a skiff and sailed to the Union Blockade seeking asylum? Or that the first Charlestown in the Southeast started in Brunswick County?
Tony Rivenbark is the Executive Director of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. He’s also written a book, Images of America: Thalian Hall, documenting the history of the building that has, for so many decades, served as the seat of the cultural and political landscape in Wilmington.