Making waves: Wilmington, North Carolina gentrification post-Hurricane Florence | Short Doc

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Manuel Lloyd and Dalvonte Howard look at how a real estate company forced low income, Black community members in Wilmington, North Carolina, out of their homes after some units in an apartment complex were damaged by 2018 major storm, Hurricane Florence.

The displacement reveals deeper racial issues in Wilmington, and a sordid past where gentrification, in the form of a citywide massacre of African Americans and some white supporters occurred in 1898. At the turn of the 19th Century, Wilmington shifted and has not been the same. With the recent housing issues, residue of gross mistreatment of Black Wilmingtons, some who are descendants the massacre, continue.

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Emanuel Lloyd is a native of Wilmington. Currently, Lloyd works as the Cultural Enrichment Programs Coordinator in the Upperman African-American Cultural Center at UNCW. He serves on the Board of Young Professionals for StepUp Wilmington and chairs the New Hanover County Commission on African-American History, Heritage and Culture. He freelances in video.
Dalvonte Howard is a student support specialist for communities in schools around Cape Fear. As well, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a board member of Community’s Boys & Girls Club, and on the board of Young Professionals of StepUp Wilmington. He hopes to play a big role in the development of equity in Wilmington.


  1. Great story – thanks so much for introducing me to Wilmington, NC . Hearing this story direct hands-on sources — not what the media wants us to know.

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