07/14/07 91 W, 1 I - + 18 - 23 Winston-Salem's First Black Firefighters

From a preview photo found on FireNews, here's a Winston-Salem Journal article about a documentary about Station 4, which was the first fire station in the state to integrate during the Jim Crow era. It housed the city's first fully-paid black firefighters. The documentary airs there in August, and is also available on DVD. There's also a photo gallery. For a statewide perspective on earlier-era black firefighters, Chuck Milligan's site is a great resource. Also, Station 4 on North Dunleith Avenue is still standing and is presently a church.

It’s worth noting that the city of Winston had black volunteer firefighters (and one or more separate fire companies) by 1896 and until at least 1907. My records, exclusively newspaper articles at this time, are sketchy past that point. Winston merged with Salem in 1913. The city was fully-paid within ten years.
Legeros - 07/14/07 - 07:04

Just a note There is talk of the city buying back old number 4 station and possibly a museum ???? Just heard thru some guys at the WSFD.
CFP564 - 07/14/07 - 13:45

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