In 1897, Rev. J. Allen Kirk came to Wilmington to pastor Central Baptist Church on Red Cross Street. Kirk was outspoken and a community leader. He soon became the target of the white supremacy campaign. While Kirk was preaching from the pulpit one Sunday in 1898, armed white ministers waited outside the church to capture him. A State Marker highlighting Rev. Kirk’s bravery and commitment to racial equality and justice will be placed on the corner of 3rd & Red Cross Streets.
VIP reception to immediately follow at City Hall.