African American Firefighter MuseumCommunity Museum in Los Angeles, California
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at Aurora Colorado's Race Day, titled: Firefighters, Race and Sex. The problems Firefighters, Fire Departme...nts have with Race and Sex are common, long standing and similar in all cases. In the 18th and 19th centuries slaves and Black Free men were Firemen in Macon, Savannah and Charleston. They provided manpower and back bone to these Fire Departments. In 1818 NYC, Moly Williams, a slave was allowed to volunteer as a firefighter, but, 1818 Philadelphia, the African Fire Association who were made up of Free Blacks were discouraged from organizing in their own community. Today the Aurora Fire Department has hit a wall with Blacks and Females, now they need a viable plan to hire more.