Baby name story: St. Cyprian Emergency

On December 1, 1922, the African-American community in New Bern, North Carolina, was devastated by a fire that “leveled 40 city blocks and left 3,000 people homeless.”

After the fire, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 604 Johnson Street was turned into a makeshift emergency hospital.

A record in the church makes note of the first baby born after the fire: a little boy named St. Cyprian Emergency Dillahunt.

Source: Mayo, Nikie. “Program offers chance to ‘experience’ historic fire.” Sun Journal [New Bern, NC] 28 Jan. 2010.

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