Winston McGill, who is sometimes taken to be the first African-American firefigh
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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.
African Americans, Firefighters, McGill, Winston
McGill, Winston, "Winston McGill, who is sometimes taken to be the first African-American firefigh" (2005). Maine News Index – Portland Monthly. 740.