Neuse Regional Library will hold a free screening of the award-winning documentary Wilmington on Fire on April 15 at 3 p.m.

A white mob poses for a photograph after burning down the Wilmington Daily Record newspaper offices in 1898. Wilmington on Fire chronicles the events leading up to the massacre and eventual exile of hundreds of black citizens, as well as the incident’s lasting impact on politics in the state.

A film by Christopher Everett, Wilmington on Fire chronicles the only successful cout de tat in U.S. history in 1898 when white supremacists in the coastal N.C. town gunned down and exiled hundreds of black citizens after the local election of Fusion Party candidates. The offices of the Daily Record, a black-owned newspaper, were burned to the ground and white candidates seized power in the port city.

Everett, who will be available after the film to discuss its making, uses primary sources and experts to explain how the displacement of hundreds of blacks more than 30 years after the Civil War ended contributed to the rise of Jim Crow and later of private prisons.

Everett won Best Director at the 2017 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles for his first feature documentary and the film won for Best Documentary at the 2016 N.C. Black Film Festival.