01/14/06 96 W - + 18 - 17 Carolinian Article / Old Photos

This week's front-page article on RFD minority hiring in the Carolinian newspaper includes two old photos in its graphic. The portrait shows James H. Jones, former servant to the family of President Jefferson Davis and one of the organizers of Raleigh's volunteer Victor Hose Company. The group photo, however, shows black firefighters from Rocky Mount. Both pictures appear on http://hometown.aol.com/Fireriter1/, a comprehensive if sprawling site that chronicles the history of black firefighters in NC. Alas, I've yet to encounter any surviving pictures of the Victor Company. Maybe someday.

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