December 1, 1922, a fire swept across New Bern, destroying 1000 structures and leaving 3,200 people homeless. Most of the structures and the homeless came from the African American community.
To commemorate the 92nd anniversary of this tragedy, the Firemen’s Museum and the Uptown Business and Professional Association will offer a special program, The Great Fire of 1922 – Before, During and After on Sunday afternoon, November 30, at 3 p.m. in the New Bern Library Auditorium on Johnson Street.
The program will feature four presentations on aspects of the fire, the largest ever in North Carolina.
· Ethel Staten, president of Historic Dry borough Neighborhood Association, will discuss the area as it was before the fire and what happened to afterwards.
· Paul Switzer, will offer an illustrated overview of the fire as it spread across a large sector of the city
· The Rev. Joan Hopton and James Barnes, of Rue Chapel will talk about how the fire affected the church, the oldest AME church in North Carolina and one of four churches destroyed in the fire.
· Nelson McDaniel will recall stories learned in his youth and little known facts about the fire.
A question and answer period will follow the formal presentations and audience members will be invited to share their fire stories.
The program is free and open to all.
Read our article from last year’s Trail of Flames Remembrance to learn more.
Submitted by: Mary Peterkin, Uptown Business and Professional Association