NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Senator Julia Boseman has introduced a bill that would require the history of the 1898 Race Riots to become part of the state's school curriculum.
"Its unfortunate that I've lived in Wilmington all my life and for me to even learn about the 1898 race riots I had to be elected to the Senate," said Boseman. "It's a very unfortunate thing that happened, the riots, but it's part of history and something we need to acknowledge and learn from."
The riots are considered a turning point in North Carolina politics following the reconstruction.
A memorial stands on Third Street commemorating the time in history.
In 1898, Wilmington was the largest city in the state and the government was controlled by the majority black population.
White leaders took over the government and the race riots would claim 22 African American lives.
The bill was suppose to be heard Wednesday, but has been delayed until next week.