02/24/13 140 W, 1 I - + 2 - 5 City of Charlotte Seeks Artifacts From 1800s Black Firefighters

Here's a Charlotte Observer story about the fire department's search for memorabilia related to the city's black firefighters of yore. They included the members of the Neptune Fire Company, that served the city from 1887 to 1905. Their old engine was recently returned to the Queen City. The 1866 Jeffers hand engine made an appearance and performed a demonstration in Raleigh last summer, at the fire expo. See those photos.

The Charlotte Fire Department is looking for badges, fire buckets, speaking trumpets, uniforms, helmets, caps, or photographs from that period. The contact person is Battalion Chief Tom Link. See the story for his phone number and e-mail address. Read the story.

For a broader historical perspective on the state's black firefighters, see this web document that was researched and created by Chuck Milligan.

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