Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in Los Angeles.
We have some great places for your next trip to Los Angeles, including the first and only free-standing black firefighter museum! You can plan a trip with your family to these places with the helpful map, courtesy of MapQuest, below!
African American Firefighter Museum
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The African American Firefighter Museum
opened its doors in 1997 with a mission "to collect, conserve and share the heritage of our pioneering African Americans in the fire service." The legacy of African-American firefighters began more than 100 years before the museum's opening with a man named Sam Haskins
, the first African-American firefighter in Los Angeles, who served from 1892 until his death in a 1895 fire. The museum, which is located in Station 30, was one of two segregated fire stations in the city and is "the first and so far the only free-standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States." Exhibits include a collection of vintage firefighting apparatus
, such as "a 1940 Pirsch ladder truck and an 1890 hose wagon, along with uniforms from New York, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles firefighters, badges and helmets," according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Photographs, artifacts and other memorabilia tell the stories of African-American firefighters in Los Angeles and around the country. The museum even includes a memorial to the firefighters killed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Retired firefighters and other docents of the museum recount the battle to desegregate the Los Angeles Fire Department to guests of the museum.
1401 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Hours Of Operation:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.