The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 8, 2014

Help fill in the blanks

The Commercial-News

---- — On Saturday, staffers at the Danville Public Library hope to see a long line of people ready to take a trip down memory lane and provide information about a unique part of the city’s past.

As part of the ongoing “Pardon Me, Brother,” project to compile information about the city’s African-American residents, library personnel will be in the library’s second floor conference room to record information about former Fire Station No. 2, which was staffed by an all-black squad of firefighters.

The effort will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The fire station building still stands on Walnut Street. It now serves as a storage site for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Its image is among those painted on downtown streetscapes a few years back during the Walldogs project. The scene including Fire Station No. 2 is on the west wall of the Merle Norman shop on North Street between Vermilion and Walnut streets.

Library personnel hope to collect photos and other memorabilia about the fire station and the firefighters who worked there. They also will record the memories of those who were familiar with the site.

The effort helps fill in the gaps that can exist in the city’s history. For years, the history black residents and others were pushed out of sight.

Everyone’s history deserves to be told and recorded, not just for today’s residents but also for those who will live here in years to come.

If you have information to share about Fire Station No. 2, visit the library Saturday or contact Jacqueline Woodard-Smith at 477-5224.

Help tell the full story about our community’s past.