The African American Firefighter Museum or AAFFM opened its door to the public as a Museum on December 13, 1997. Since then the museum still strives to continue its mission to collect, conserve and share the heritage of our pioneering African Americans in the Service.
The museum?s dedication also served as the acknowledgment of what was believed to be the city?s first century of service by African American Firefighters dating back from 1897 to 1997. The Los Angeles Times reached out to the African American Firefighter Museum and informed them that they had found factual information to indicate the history started before 1897 with Sam Haskins. He was then listed as the first Los Angeles Fireman of African descent when he was hired in 1892 and then was killed while responding to a fire in 1895.
Standing as the only free African American Firefighter Museum in the United States today, the museum houses vintage fire apparatus, stories and pictures of pioneering African American Lose Angeles Firefighters. The museum exhibit is found on the second floor holding pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia of African American Firefighters, Captains, Chief Officers and historical women fire service professionals from all over the United States.
The museum welcomes the public and is strictly is strictly a volunteer and donation supported. The museum is ideal for use by organizations and individuals that wants to host events. The museum also has captured the Los Angeles African American Firefighters history on their two part DVD series entitled ?Engine Company X? and is available at the museum.
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