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Race, Place, and Memory: Deep Currents in Wilmington, North Carolina

Margaret M. Mulrooney


A revealing work of public history that shows how communities remember their pasts in different ways to fit specific narratives, Race, Place, and Memory charts the ebb and flow of racial violence in Wilmington, North Carolina, from the 1730s to the present day. Margaret Mulrooney argues that white elites have employed public spaces, memorials, and celebrations to maintain the status quo. The port city has long celebrated its white colonial revolutionary origins, memorialized Decoration Day, and hosted Klan parades. Other events, such as the Azalea Festival, have attempted to present a false pi ... More

Keywords: Public history, Wilmington, North Carolina, Jim Crow, Race riot, Commemoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054926
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret M. Mulrooney, author
James Madison University