The Great Fire of 1922 Lecture

Lecture presented by Carol Becton

The New Bern Historical Society presents this moving lecture by Carol Becton. Learn about the impact of the Great Fire, specifically on the African American community and how the city rebuilt.

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 over a thousand 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, converging 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.

Free of charge, advance reservations are required.

This event is one of a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great Fire.

From December 1-4, New Bern community partners will be commemorating
the Great Fire of 1922 with a series of events.

Schedule of Events
All events free but those with * require advance registration.

Thursday, December 1:

Friday, December 2:

Saturday, December 3:

Sunday, December 4:

Daily through January 2023 – Tryon Palace exhibit, The Great Fire of New BernImages on its 100th Anniversary, in the Cannon Gallery at the North Carolina History Center. Free and open to the public.

*Requires advance reservation

  Thank you to these Community Partners

African American Heritage and Culture Center 
City of New Bern
Craven County Tourism Development Authority
Earl of Craven Questers
New Bern Fireman’s Museum
New Bern Historical Society
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
St. Peter’s AME Zion Church
Swiss Bear, Inc.
A.M.E.Z New Bern District
North Carolina Conference Eastern NC Episcopal District
Tryon Palace