WILMINGTON -- A big weekend is ahead for civil rights activists here in Wilmington. The city is playing host to the 64th annual NAACP state convention. The NAACP members met at Union Missionary Baptist Church Thursday. One event the group supports here in Wilmington is Thursday morning's groundbreaking of the 1898 Memorial Park. After years of planning and anticipation, construction is underway and expected to be fully completed by the spring. Members from all sects of the city attended, including City Council members, 1898 Foundation members, a DOT representative and many more. The memorial is at the corner of Third and Davis Streets. And once completed will be what greets people as they enter the city from that direction. Lethia Hankins with the 1898 Foundation said, "Today is a tremendous milestone in the history of Wilmington, and I want the people to be able to enjoy this to come to sit, to reminisce, to reconcile, to unify." Hankins says money for the memorial was hard to come by but people were very generous with their donations. New Hanover County's NAACP president Harold Beatty spoke at the groundbreaking.
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