S6 E3: A Day of Blood

January 24, 2024

On November 1898, North Carolina Democrats won a sweeping victory at the polls – confirming the success of their campaign based on white supremacy, intimidation, and fraud. But in Wilmington, the state’s largest city, white supremacist leaders were not satisfied. This episode tells what happened on November 10, 1898, in Wilmington: a massacre of Black men, and the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. history.

By John Biewen and Michael A. Betts, II, with story editor Loretta Williams. Interviews with LeRae Umfleet, Bertha Todd, William Sturkey, Cedric Harrison, and Milo Manly. Voice actor: Mike Wiley.

Song, “Run to the River,” by Laurelyn Dossett, recorded and mixed by Michael A. Betts, II. Other music by Kieran Haile, Blue Dot Sessions, Okaya, Jameson Nathan Jones, Kevin McLeod, and Lucas Biewen. 

Art by Zaire McPhearson. 

“Echoes of a Coup” is an initiative of America’s Hallowed Ground, a project of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

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