11/29/08 186 W, 2 I - + 15 - 10 Tour, Breakfast to Commemorate Great New Bern Fire

Found via FireNews, two New Bern organizations are working together to host a commemorative tour on the anniversary of the 1922 fire that leveled 40 city blocks and left 3,000 people homeless. The tour will be held on December 1, the 86th anniversary of the fire. The tour begins at the Fireman's Museum at 9 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served, and guests will get a brief history of the fire. The information presented during the tour is the result of a year and a half of research, much done by historian Bill Hand. Tickets are $20 each. Read the entire Sun Journal article, which includes information on reserving tickets.

To learn more about the 1922 fire, read these special program notes from 1992, from a New Bern/Craven County Public Library event. Also, click to enlarge the below picture, that shows the ruins of St. Peter's A.M.E.Z. Church, at 615 Queen Street. The image, credited to the New Bern-Craven County Photographic Archives, appears in Edward C. Goodman's excellent book Fire! The 100 Most Devstating Fires and the Heroes Who Fought Them.

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