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The Great Fire of 1922: 100 Year Anniversary

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1922, the face of New Bern was forever changed. Over three thousand people were displaced in a fire that raged through the African American community, decimating hundreds of structures.

The fire started at the Rowland Lumber Company on the banks of the Neuse River; within minutes, the largest lumber mill in the state of North Carolina was consumed.  A second fire, sparked a few hours later, converged with the first fire, sealing the fate of any wooden clapboard and shingle-roofed homes.

Great Fire Commemoration Vigil (outdoors). Location is on the corner of Broad and Roundtree. Dress for weather and bring a flashlight.