Speculation on the origin and spread of the disease didn’t cease in Wilmington, however. Newspapers from surrounding counties, like the Fayetteville Semi-Weekly Observer or Raleigh’s Semi-Weekly Standard, also weighed in on issues concerning the epidemic.
To learn more about the theories following the epidemic at the time, who it affected, and its immediate and lasting impact on Wilmington, attend our free lecture by Dr. Kimberly Sherman on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 PM. Though it is free, there is limited seating – so doors open at 6 PM!
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