A Taste of Wilmington, North Carolina
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT WILMINGTON?
- Wilmington is a city in and the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population is 106,476 according to the 2010 Census, making it the eighth most populous city in the state of North Carolina.
- Massacre of 1898:
In November 1898 Wilmington was the scene of a violent attack by a well-organized group of whites who destroyed the printing press of the African American newspaper The Daily Record and set fire to the building in retaliation for an editorial which they said "insulted white womanhood". It was attributed to the paper's editor Alex Manly. The mob went to the north side of town, an area of concentrated black residents, where it lynched and murdered an unknown number of African Americans. The city then had a black majority with a rising middle class; the racial violence turned back the clock for many families. The number reported killed in the white press was nine; oral traditions of African-American families say scores were killed. Many hundreds of blacks were run out of town; some hid in the swamp for safety. No whites were killed during the events, but both black and white prominent business and community leaders opposed to white supremacy were driven off.
At the same time, the mob with the threat of paramilitary force turned out the biracial government of the city: the Republican mayor and city council were forced to resign their offices. The mob installed their leader as mayor, effectively establishing a de facto coup d'état in the city, the only successful such action in U.S. history. The events in Wilmington—which was then the largest city in the state—contributed to white conservative Democrats in North Carolina regaining political power and taking over the state legislature. Democrats turned out the previous Fusionist government. The state legislature proceeded to pass laws to disfranchise black voters by constitutional amendments and laws that raised obstacles for registration and voting, and proceeded to pass Jim Crow laws for public segregation, conditions which lasted until the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.
- Wilmington was settled on the Cape Fear River. It offers an historic downtown with a one-mile-long Riverwalk as a main tourist attraction. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina, one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents have the advantage of living between the river and the ocean, with Wrightsville Beach a short 20-minute drive from downtown.
The North Carolina Jazz Festival is a three-day traditional jazz festival which features world-renowned jazz musicians.
The Blues Society of the Lower Cape Fear was formed in 1987 by a small group of blues supporters in Wilmington, N.C. The festival features local, regional & national acts at a Main Stage Concert, All-Day Blues Jam, Blues Cruise, Kick-Off Party, and Blues Workshops. This also includes the "Women in Blues" music festival.
- The local music scene in Wilmington, NC is also very diverse and abundant. The Soapbox Bar and Lounge in downtown Wilmington is known for having the greatest bands around come and play. With bands like Rio Bravo which bring a more modern style of music to wilmington or bands like Root Soul Project, which is exactly what it says it is; music for the soul. Or even a band like the almighty OVERLOOKED, upholding NCHC and Wilmington hardcore in its finest form. Wilmington is also a popular spot for Carolina shag dancing enthusiasts.
- The median income for a household in the city was $31,099, and the median income for a family was $41,891.
Wilmington has a humid subtropical climate, typical of the southeastern US. Winters are generally mild with January highs in the mid 50s °F and lows in the mid 30s °F. Snowfall occurs only on some years, and is generally light. Spring is reasonably lengthy, beginning in late February and lasting to early May. The presence of abundant dense vegetation in the area causes significant pollen dusting in the springtime that tends to turn rooftops and cars yellow. Summer brings high humidity with temperatures frequently in the upper 80s - lower 90s °F. Heat indices can easily break the 100 °F mark, though highs normally do not. Autumn is also generally humid at the beginning, with the same tropical threats as the summer. Some of the deciduous trees may lose their leaves; however most trees in the area are evergreens and therefore remain green year-round.
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- African Heritage Hair Braiding - Category: Black Hair Salons - 812 Castle Street - Wilmington, NC (910) 763-9300
- Flava Hair Designs - Category: Black Hair Salons - 805 Castle Street - Wilmington, NC (910) 343-1416
- Johnson's Vip Barber & Salon Of Wilmington - Category: Hair/Beauty Salons - "Raising the standard for your hair care services". We are an upscale multicultural beauty & barber salon. Refrain manicures, facials, and Total Beauty experience in a mild atmosphere. Efficiency and time management are an added bonus! - 3138 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC. (910) 313-1912 - (visit website)
- Raquell's Hair Salon - Category: Hair Salons - Raquell's Hair Salon is an exclusive urban experience in downtown Wilmington, NC offering the best care for natural hair, chemically processed hair and extensions. Raquells offers free consultations, free trial products, facial waxing, nail services and an atmosphere you will love to be apart of! - 1119 Princess St., Wilmington, NC. (910) 523-6772 - (visit website)
- Strawberry Strands Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 4900 Randall Parkway Suite J, Wilmington, NC. (910) 520-6843 - (visit website)
- Tanglez Salon & Spa - Category: Black Hair Salons - 4107 Oleander Drive - Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 392-8111
- Tonia's Exclusive Hair Gallery - Category: Black Hair Salons - 4506 Fountain Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 395-4700
- Totally Extravagant - Category: Black Hair Salons - 3115 Wrightsville Street, St #I Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 762-2955
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
- The Challenger Newspaper - Category: African American Newspaper - P.O. Drawer 1679 Wilmington, NC 28402 (800) 462-0738
- Wilmington Journal - Category: African American Newspaper - 412 South Seventh Street, Post Office Box 1618, Wilmington, NC, 28402-9990 (919) 762-5502
- 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina, Inc. - Category: Community Service - President: Mr. Max Allen Wilmington, NC
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
- Booty's Soul Food Restaurant - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 918 Castle St - Wilmington, NC (910) 763-9373 - (reviews)
- Casey's Buffet Barbecue & Home - Category: Barbeque, Southern Restaurant - 5559 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC (910) 798-2913 - (reviews)
- Jeanette's Family Restaurant - Category: American, Southern, Soul Food - 5040 Market St - Wilmington, NC (910) 799-6300
- Pink Pig Cafe - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 124 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 339-6096 - (reviews)
- Ruth's Kitchen - Category: Southern, Soul Food - 6790 N Market St - Wilmington, NC (910) 799-7060
- The Basics - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 319 North Front Street - Wilmington, NC (910) 343-1050
- Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 1601 Dawson St. Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 796-9992 - (reviews)
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- Praise & Deliverance AME Church - 3601 Princess Place Dr, Wilmington, NC (910) 763-5062
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- Nutt Street Bar & Comedy Room - Category: Comedy - 255 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 520-5520
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- Reggae International - Category: Reggae Music - 812 south 13th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 465-4683
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Wilmington honors the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. the third Monday of January with a commemorative parade from Fifth and Castle streets to Williston Middle School, 401 S. 10th Street, beginning at noon.
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- Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival
Held in the month of August in William E. Murphy Athletic Complex (Robert Strange Park) in Wilmington, North Carolina. (910) 762-5502
The Wilmington Journal, the voice and mirror of Wilmington?s African American community since 1927, presents the Third Annual Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival in conjunction with Urban Promotions on August 13-14, 2011. The two-day event will celebrate Wilmington's rich African American culture and history. This year's theme is Unity In The Community.
For information on being a vendor, exhibitor, sponsor or performer at the Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival call 910-762-5502, email email@example.com.