Title

Winston McGill, who is sometimes taken to be the first African-American firefigh

Authors

Winston McGill

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

1-2005

Additional Date Information

Winterguide 2005

Pages

47-49

Abstract

Winston McGill, who is sometimes taken to be the first African-American firefighter in Portland, writes about William Wiburforce Ruby, an African-American firefighter, restaurant owner, and a member of Portland's city committee. Ruby's family was active in the abolition movement and helped found the Abyssinian Church. Ruby is remembered for sounding the first alarm for the Great Fire of 1866 in Portland and directing people to safety. Ruby died March 2, 1906 and is buried in Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.

Subjects

African Americans, Firefighters, McGill, Winston

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