This is an annotated version of the
Early Black Firefighters of North Carolina web site, which is no longer
available. It was researched
and created by the late
See additional notes at bottom of page. See
also archived version of National History of
Early Black Firefighters of North
Written and researched by Chuck Milligan
Cities & Towns
Convention Photos, 1996
Names of Black Firefighters
About This Site
annotated version is intended to both archive the original site and provide
supplementary information, including corrections or additions. Some
formatting has been changed to enhance readability. Notations are presented with a yellow background. They are written by Mike Legeros
or unless otherwise indicated.
Related historical resources:
Related historical documents by Legeros:
- September 2020 - Numerous updates. Split site into three sub pages. Updated info on early colored fire companies for a number of
towns and cities. Reformatting entries, to list citations as bullets.
Moved names section from bottom of page to separate page. Etcetera.
- 01SEP19 - Added entry for Gastonia colored fire company. Added
information about Princeville.
- 19MAY19 - Updated/corrected year of organization of colored fireman's
association. Added news clipping.
- 16DEC18 - Added link to digitized conference proceedings, at top of
- 11SEP16 - Updated information on Wake Forest, and when the department
- 09MAY15 - Added bit of information about Kinston.
- 19SEP14 - Added information about Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, and
Winston-Salem's first career firefighters. Also added Sanborn Map
information for Edenton.
- 18FEB14 - Added image of 1891 legislation that chartered NCSFVA.
- 12FEB14 - Modified the formatting of some text sections to improve
readability. Added annotations about general fire history, the state
associations, and some notes about Sherwood Brockwell.
- 11FEB14 - Expanded Louisburg information. Added Sanborn map excerpts
- 10FEB14 - Expanded Ayden, Farmville, Salisbury, Smithfield,
Statesville, Tarboro information. Added Greenville
entry. First updates to site in
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