from a couple different sources:
For most of the 20th century, Charles B. Aycock was treated by historians and North Carolina politicians as an admirable, almost saintly figure but often overlooked was Aycock's role as a leading spokesman in the white supremacy campaigns of 1898 and 1900, which historians say were marked by widespread violence, voter intimidation, voter fraud and even a coup d'etat of the government of Wilmington. ... The campaigns had far-reaching consequences: Blacks were removed from the voter rolls based on literacy tests which Aycock established as Governor, Jim Crow customs were encoded into law, and the Democratic Party controlled Tar Heel politics for two-thirds of the 20th century
Prior to his rise to the governorship, Aycock participated in the murderous Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, which proved to be the one and only coup d’etat in United States history
North Carolina recently completed a study of the 1898 takeover of Wilmington by white supremacists/Democrats, an armed coup d'etat in which blacks were murdered and an elected Republican-Fusion city government was overturned. Aycock was one of the leading voices behind that outrage, and he rode the white supremacy wave through the 1900 election.