Charlotte Neptune Fire Company
From 1887 until the early 1900s an all-black company of volunteers supplied much of the manpower for Charlotte's fledgling fire department.
(The fire company took their name from 'The Neptune' hand pump fire engine that was built by William Jeffers.)
In the later part of the 1800s, the Neptunes earned a reputation as skilled volunteers who often engaged in good natured competition with white firefighters.
This included races to see who could get to a fire scene first!
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