Firefighting News: North Carolina Firefighters Celebrated for Pioneering Racial Integration

Chick Carter was urged by a friend to come along one day and stand in the long line of people applying to be the first black firefighters in Winston-Salem (NC), reports the Winston-Salem Journal. Carter found himself a member of an eight-man recruiting class that turned into the first racially integrated fire company. Carter and the other three living members of Engine Four were honored Friday in a black history program taking place at the Goodwill Industries headquarters. It wasn't easy being a black firefighter back in the 1950s. Chief M.G. Brown was against having the black firefighters in the department, Carter said, and tried to make life hard. "When we had our training, he ...

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