Foundation to Begin Work on 1898 Memorial

Wilmington, NC – The 1898 Foundation says the groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial commemorating the Wilmington race riot will take place next month.

The group has chosen October 11th as the beginning point for the construction of a monument commemorating the 1898 race riots.

Foundation co-chair Lethia Hankins says the 16 sculptures shaped like African paddles goes beyond its literal appearance.

We wanted something lasting to remind folk of the progress we have made in race relations since it has taken place.

The 1898 Foundation raised $200,000 to put up the monument on the corner of 3rd and Davis. Hankins says it is scheduled to open to the public early next year.

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