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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Wilmington North Carolina was the most progressive city in the south. By 1896, nearly 126,000 Black men in Wilmington were registered voters. The city had a flourishing Black middle class of doctors, lawyers, educators, barbers, restaurant owners, public health workers, police officers and firefighter. Black Republicans held multiple positions of power, serving as city councilmen, magistrates and other elected offices. Wilmington was majority Black before the Civil War, and many freedmen moved to the city after the war to seek safety in a large Black community. …


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