02/25/12 174 W, 1 I - + 7 - 8 A Revolutionary patriot in the family

That's the headline for a neat News & Observer story from Thursday, about Raleigh firefighter Chaz Moore who today became the first black member of a North Carolina chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The ceremony took place this morning at the Museum of History. Moore, 30, is a descendant of Toby Gilmore, a slave who was freed after fighting for American independence. Moore recently discovered these roots through a cousin's research into their family tree.

Some historians estimate that about 5,000 blacks fought against the British. In 2006, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and SAR began a project to track black patriots. At the time, they estimated about 30 of the group's 27,000 members were black. The project's results, titled Patriots of Color, is expected to be published on a web site within a few weeks. Read the entire story. As for a history of blacks in the American fire service, this National History of Black Firefighters is a great place to start. Congrats, Chaz!

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A distinct honor for a great guy! Congrats to you and your family Chaz!
A.C. Rich - 02/27/12 - 09:27

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