Monday, June 24, 2024

Support the Port founder injured in Wilmington shooting

Cedric Harrison gives. a talk at the 1898 Memorial in downtown Wilmington. (Courtesy Support the Port)

WILMINGTON — Support the Port Foundation has shared a statement in light of its executive director, Cedric Harrison, being the victim of a recent shooting. A well-known advocate in the community, Harrison was one of four people struck Sunday evening during a celebration of life on 31st Street in Wilmington.

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“We are relieved that Cedric and the other victims of this particular act of gun violence will recover,” the statement notes, “and we commit to continuing the complex but urgent work of addressing Wilmington’s painful history and legacy of racial injustice that planted the seeds of this and many other acts of violence in our city.”

Wilmington police have yet to name any suspects in the shooting. A 16-year-old teenager is in critical but stable conditional as of Monday. The other victims — ages 6 and 36 — suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Harrison, 33, is recovering in the hospital and is in good spirits, said Support the Port board co-chair Kathy Lindenmayer.

He had to undergo surgery and “has a long recovery ahead,” according to the GoFundMe Lindenmayer started yesterday on Harrison’s behalf, to help cover his medical costs.

“We recognize that if this could happen to him, it could happen to anyone,” the board’s statement explained.

Harrison and the others were shot while gathered with family and friends of Devin Williams, a 32-year-old was killed last month in the same location. Williams did not survive his injuries following transport to the hospital. Wilmington Police Department has yet to charge a suspect in that case either.

(WPD is asking anyone with information to call 910-343-3609.)

At Support the Port, Harrison’s work focuses on inequity in the community and the economic advancement of African Americans. The Wilmington native has also been in the process of launching a Black history tour, WilmingtonNColor. The shuttle educates passengers on the coup d’état of 1898 and its ripple effects felt in present time.

The venture was inspired by the success of “Wilmington In Color,” a coloring and activity book that highlights historic events and famous African Americans from the Cape Fear. It has been utilized in lesson plans at area elementary and middle schools and was recognized by the N.C. Museum of History last summer during its 20th annual African American Cultural Celebration.

Support the Port assured the organization’s programming will continue.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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