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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)
Wilmington Up-to-Date: The Metropolis of North Carolina Graphically Portrayed. Compiled under the Auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. Also a series of Comprehensive Sketches of Representative Business Enterprises
Wilmington, N.C.: W. L. De Rosset, 1902.


The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce produced this compilation of information and images portraying Wilmington, North Carolina, as a vibrant, thriving city poised for industrial and agricultural expansion. Published only four years after the Wilmington race riots of 1898, the compilation does not mention race save to indicate the existence of African American religious and educational institutions in the city. The document praises the city's accessible location, temperate climate, affordable housing prices, growing industries and trades, and well-ranked schools in hopes that people interested in new economic ventures will consider relocating to Wilmington. The document discusses the city's profitable cash crops, such as lettuce and strawberries; its growing industries, such as lumber and cotton; and its array of religious institutions. The work ends with laudatory descriptions of many existing businesses and an index.

Monique Prince

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