Chaz Moore; Juneteenth; Victor Company
“We wanted to start a tradition for Juneteenth,” Chaz Moore, the chairman of Victor Company said.
Victor Company is comprised of current and retired firefighters of color from the Triangle. The group focuses on community service activities and public outreach.
“We took that name ‘Victor Company’ based off the volunteer fire department that protected Raleigh so long ago,” Moore said.
In 1869, Fire Company No. 1 was formed in southeast Raleigh. Moore says the company was made up primarily of former enslaved men. Fire Company No. 1 was renamed the Victor Company in 1870 after they competed in the 10th annual North Carolina State Fair firefighter competition.
“They won a contest, and they changed their name from engine company number one to Victor Company,” Moore said.