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Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hunton Life Saving And First Aid Crew

 
 
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By Shane Oliver, January 7, 2021
1. Hunton Life Saving And First Aid Crew Marker
Inscription.  Alexander A. Terrell organized the Hunton Life Saving and First Aid Crew in Dec. 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The crew, reputed to have been the first all-black volunteer rescue squad in the United States, was originally headquartered here in the William A. Hunton branch YMCA. On call 24 hours a day, members responded to medical emergencies using their own vehicles before they acquired an ambulance. The crew also provided safety and first-aid training in the community. In March 1956, the Women's Auxiliary of Hunton Life Saving was organized. The crew moved to new headquarters several blocks northwest of here in 1964 and suspended operations in July 1987.
 
Erected 2019 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-83.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public Work.
 
Location. 37° 16.519′ N, 79° 56.51′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Wells Avenue NW east of Henry Street NW, on the right
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By Shane Oliver, January 7, 2021
2. Hunton Life Saving And First Aid Crew Marker
when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Street Business District (within shouting distance of this marker); Oscar Micheaux (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Influence of Churches in Gainsboro (about 600 feet away); A Once-Vibrant African American Community (about 600 feet away); Social and Cultural Life (about 600 feet away); From Frontier to Urban Community... A Gainsboro Prelude (about 600 feet away); Evolution of a Neighborhood Name (about 600 feet away); Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad Depot (about 600 feet away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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