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Patrick H. Raymond (1831 – 1892) was born in Philadelphia, PA.  He was the son of Rev. John Raymond and Susan Raymond.  His father was from Virginia and was formerly enslaved until he ran away.  His father was also a well known abolitionist in New York City and pastored the African Meeting House in Boston.  Around 1847, the family relocated to Cambridge, MA where they resided in the “Lower Port” which was considered one of the first African American neighborhoods in that area.  Patrick Raymond worked as a shoe maker and then became a journalist working for the Boston Herald and the Boston Advertiser. Ray and his siblings were very fair skinned and could pass for white.  He and his brother joined the Navy in 1862 to service in the Civil War.  Continue reading “Patrick H. Raymond: 1st African American Fire Chief In The U.S.”