Victims of the Great Fire of 1922
Victims of the Great Fire of 1922

The Great Fire

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. Click HERE to read more about this tragic event and its impact on New Bern.

Click here for information on the 100 Year Commemoration of the Great Fire of 1922

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