RALEIGH (AP) -- A House committee today approved a bill that sets the foundation for a series of measures stemming from a race riot in Wilmington more than a century ago.
The measure simply acknowledges that the 1898 Wilmington race riot is a true historical event, and describes it as "a conspiracy of a white elite that used intimidation and force to replace a duly elected local government."
The bill is one of several that stem from recommendations made by a commission created to study the riot.
Other measures yet to be acted upon would order the state to develop a curriculum to teach about the riot in schools, and would set policies affecting the ability of people to seek compensation for damages, injuries or death suffered by their ancestors.
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