The City of Wilmington and the 1898 Foundation will officially dedicate the 1898 Monument and Memorial Park on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 10 a.m., commemorating the racial violence of 1898 and its consequences. The ceremony will be held at the site of the monument and park, located at 1018 N. Third Street at the intersection of Third and Davis streets.
A reception honoring the sculptor who designed and installed the monument, noted artist Ayokunle Odeleye of Atlanta, Georgia, will be held at City Hall, at 102 N. Third Street, immediately following the dedication.
According to the mission statement of the 1898 Foundation, the 1898 Memorial Park is intended to “tell the story” of 1898 and its legacy; “honor the memory” of those harmed by the violence of 1898 and those who have worked for racial progress since those times; “heal the wounds” through creating a space of beauty and a site for reconciliation; and “foster the hope” by envisioning an inclusive society.
Transportation between City Hall and the 1898 Memorial Park will be provided, or parking is available on N. 4th Street near the park site and at the city’s 2nd Street parking deck. Both events are free and open to the public. In case of rain, the dedication ceremony will be held at City Hall.
Learn more about 1898.
Read about community efforts since 1996 to confront the legacy of that violence and the 1898 Monument and Memorial Park.
Read about the symbolism of the sculpture.
Read about the artist.