Black Auxiliary Firemen in Raleigh, 1942

Found this neat piece of Raleigh history this week, with more details on black auxiliary firemen during World War II. Previously on the Legeros Channel, just a bit of this was known:

“A company of black auxiliary firefighters was suggested, or asked about. Some black citizens served as auxiliary firemen, as cited in the September 3, 1942, minutes of the Raleigh Fire Firefighters Association, Local 548. The minutes reference a meeting of ‘all auxiliary firemen, both white and colored.'”

This News & Observer story below, from May 5, 1942, greatly expands on that information. Memo to self, incorporate into these pages and documents:


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