Copy print of a black and white photograph of Charles W. Chesnutt.
Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932) was an author who made frequent visits to Wilmington, NC. His family was from Fayetteville, NC, though he was born in Cleveland, OH. His writings were the first by an African-American to be widely acclaimed by critics. He was able to describe vividly life in the South and in the Negro culture. His book "Marrow of Tradition" was of particular interest to Wilmington residents because it is a fictionalized account of the race riot of 1898. Fayetteville is called "Patesville", and Wilmington is called "Wellington."
Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932; Riots--North Carolina--Wilmington--History--19th century; African Americans--North Carolina
Reaves, Bill. "Strength Through Struggle." Wilmington: New Hanover County Public Library, 1998.
Donated to the New Hanover County Public Library by Bill Reaves in 1999
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