Democrats Apologize for 1898 Race Riots

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Democrats voted Saturday to apologize for the party's role in the Wilmington race riots of 1898.

The state's democratic executive committee unanimously adopted a resolution that apologizes for the party's role in the race riots.

The vote comes eight months after the Race Riot Commission's report on the violence. The commission concluded the riot drove hundreds of black residents from Wilmington and killed dozens more.

White supremacists associated with the Democratic Party started the riot. It is the only recorded coup d'etat in U.S. history.