Celebrating Black History: The Original Six - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Celebrating Black History: The Original Six


Feb. 23

The Original Six of the1900s

Many are familiar withthe Original Nine but few know of the Original Six. In the modern era Savannahbecame the second city in Georgia to hire African American firemen.1963 wouldsee the hiring of six Savannah State College students:Purdy Bowers, TheodoreRivers, Lewis Oliver, Porter Screen, Cordell Heath, and Warnell Robinson. Allsix men were assigned to Station No. 4. That was the only station which hadsegregated facilities. In 2001, Paul Lewis Taylor would become the firstAfrican American Fire Chief of Savannah.

Jamal Toure is owner and operator of Day Clean Journeys Tours of Savannah. For more, contact: daycleansoul.coms

Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.