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The 1898 Centennial Foundation
"A Community Effort for Remembrance and Reconciliation"
The mission of the 1898 Centennial Foundation is to develop and coordinate a broad-based community effort in appropriate remembrance of the Wilmington coup and violence of 1898. It is our hope that this remembrance will be the beginning of a continuing effort to improve race relations in Wilmington and help bring about a spirit of justice and tolerance for all residents of the community.
The 1898 Centennial Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1997. The governing body of the 1898 Centennial Foundation, is composed of 27 elected representatives from a broad range of community organizations and nine representatives appointed by the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce. The Centennial Foundation consists of four main committees: Education, Memorial, Reconciliation, and Economic Development.
The Foundation receives administrative funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and from the City of Wilmington. Funding for program activity has come from the NC Humanities Council, the NC Arts Council, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the New York Times Company Foundation and others. The other source of income include memberships and individual and corporate contributions. Membership in the Foundation is open to any group or individual supportive of the purposes of this organization.
For more information on the 1898 Centennial Foundation, see its website, http://www.1898wilmington.org.
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