|THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FIREFIGHTER MUSEUM|
Museum Board of Trustees
The African American Firefighter Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American firefighters. The Museum is housed at old Fire Station 30. This station, which was one of two segregated fire stations in Los Angeles, between 1924 and 1955, was established in 1913, to serve the Central Avenue community.
This beautifully restored facility boasts its original apparatus floor tiles, poles and kitchen out-building, dating back to 1913, when the facility opened as a fire station. The Museum has been designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument 289, and is the recipient of the Los Angeles Conservancy's 1999 Preservation Award. The 100-year history of African American firefighters in Los Angeles's fire service provides a glimpse of life from a unique perspective.
The museum exhibit displays a wide array of firefighting paraphernalia. Vintage engines, including 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, helmets, displays of African American female firefighters, photographs, and other authentic firefighting artifacts from the fire service, date back to 1924.
In addition, visitors are invited to examination human relations through the stories of the "Old Stentorians." The experiences of the "Old Stentorians" — men who worked during the periods of segregation and desegregation — offer an opportunity to explore and learn from the actions that allowed them to excel despite adversity.
Address - 1401 South Central Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90021