The Foundation also sponsors weekly screenings, several short documentary projects, and the annual Kids Festival, with hands on film-making workshops. [146]. [27], In the 1890s, a coalition of Republicans and Populists had gained state and federal offices. Public schools in Wilmington are operated by the New Hanover County School System. [139] As the area's official conduit of emergency information, WUNJ did not participate in the early analog switchoff, and kept their analog signal on until the national digital switchover date of June 12, 2009. The city's Union Station last had passenger train service in 1968 with the Seaboard Coast Line's predecessor version of the Palmetto. ", "Hannah Block, Wilmington civic leader, dies",, "Former Wilmington mayor Ben Halterman, 87, dies", "Welcome to the Hannah S. 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Located on the Cape Fear River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington is a sizable seaport, including private marine terminals and the North Carolina State Ports Authority's Port of Wilmington. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.77. A grant from the Thalian Association funded the attached opera house, named Thalian Hall. With a population of 123,744 in 2019, it is the eighth most populous city in the state. Its prominent place in the cinema throughout the '80s and the '90s earned the city the moniker "Hollywood East". Summer brings high humidity, with daily high temperatures usually ranging from the upper 80s to lower 90s °F (31–34 °C), and daily low temperatures usually from 70 to 75 °F (~22 °C). For the sake of his own life, and "to quiet the Minds of the inraged [sic] and furious Mobb...," Houston resigned his position at the courthouse. They overthrew the legitimately-elected municipal government. Donna J. Spindel. The first permanent European settlement in the area started in the 1720s with English colonists. The Star-News is Wilmington's daily newspaper; read widely throughout the Lower Cape Fear region and now owned by GateHouse Media. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.5 square miles (107 km2). Thursday customers will be collected on Wednesday, November 25 th.This will include trash, recycling (Green Week), and yard waste collection. Encore Magazine is a weekly arts and entertainment publication. The city was captured by Union forces in the Battle of Wilmington in February 1865, approximately one month after the fall of Fort Fisher had closed the port. The roster is made up of top collegiate baseball players fine-tuning their skills using wood bats to prepare for professional baseball. Waddell was elected mayor by the newly seated board of aldermen that day. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington College of Arts and Science departments of Theatre, Music and Art share a state-of-the-art, $34 million Cultural Arts Building which opened in December 2006. From 1941 to 1945, the USO hosted 35,000 uniformed visitors a week. The cemetery's first interment, on February 6, 1855, was six-year-old Annie deRosset. The city had outspoken political leaders who influenced and led the resistance movement in North Carolina. This road passes through many major cities and state capitals along the way. Taxicab service is available from several vendors, however, as the price of fuel rises, yet the City's Taxi Commission keeps meter rates artificially low, there is a real likelihood that no drivers will continue to work, as their income, before taxes, now averages 30% of what it was in 1998. The ceremony was marked by governmental and television representatives flipping a large switch (marked with the slogan "First in Flight, First in Digital") from analog to digital.[142]. Regular boat lines served Fayetteville, and packet lines traveled to northern ports. Snowfall does not occur in most years, and when it does, is generally light. [15] Many of the early settlers were indentured servants, recruited mainly from the British Isles and northern Europe. [140] W47CK did not participate due to its low-power status; FCC rules currently exempt low-powered stations from the 2009 analog shutdown. Settled by the English along the Cape Fear River, the city was named after Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington. Council and Mayor adopt "Rise Together" initiative, Public comments now open 2019-20 Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The Wilmington Gas Light Company was established in 1854. Executive Order - Phase 3, effective 10/2 at 5 p.m. (Solomon Harry) Fishblate 1878-1880, 1893, Bruce B. Cameron 1943-1944, died in office, Gregory School of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 21:30. When Houston visited Wilmington on business, still unaware of his appointment, he recounted, "The Inhabitants immediately assembled about me & demanded a Categorical Answer whether I intended to put the Act relating [to] the Stamps in force. In 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was ranked as the "Best American Riverfront" by readers of USA Today. The theater seats 200 and is used as a performance venue by community theater groups and other entertainment productions. In September 1732, a community was founded on land owned by John Watson on the Cape Fear River, at the confluence of its northwest and northeast branches. There are also a significant number of Presbyterians (3.19%), Episcopalians (2.30%), Pentecostals (1.45%), and Lutherans (1.32%). The railroad also controlled a fleet of steamboats that ran between Wilmington and Charleston; these were used both for passenger travel and transportation of freight. Sponsored events include 4 theater productions a year. Whereas North Carolina had 125,000 registered black voters in 1896, it had 6,000 by 1902. In addition, blacks owned 10 of the city's 11 restaurants and were 90% of the city's 22 barbers. Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. [citation needed], Despite Tropical Storm Hanna making landfall southwest of Wilmington two days before (September 6), the switchover continued as scheduled. [127] As a result, most productions and film businesses moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Wilmington is also served by Amtrak Thruway bus connections to Wilson, North Carolina where connections can be made with Amtrak's Carolinian and Palmetto. According to the City's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:[55]. [26], At the time, black people accounted for over 30% of Wilmington's skilled craftsmen, such as mechanics, carpenters, jewelers, watchmakers, painters, plasterers, plumbers, stevedores, blacksmiths, masons, and wheelwrights. [21] Many remains from St. James churchyard were relocated to the new cemetery. On October 31, another crowd gathered in a symbolic funeral of "Liberty". This coincided with broader efforts of disenfranchisement at the state level.