Saturday 6 April 2024


Joseph "Big Joe" Winters (1816 – 1916) was an African-American abolitionist and inventor who patented a wagon-mounted fire escape folding ladder mounted directly on fire wagons in 1878. He was born in Virginia to an African-American brickmaker and a Shawnee Indian mother. He later relocated to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1830. During the time Winters lived in Chambersburg, he was active in the Underground Railroad.

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