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THE STENTORIANS: Ballard and Anderson

First hand accounts of before and after racial segregation in the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Keep the Fire Burning Rescue Your Museum

The AAFFM is dedicated to collecting, conserving, and sharing the heritage of African American Firefighters through collaboration and education, the AAFFM's success is contingent upon your involvement.

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Sculpture of Arnett

The sculptures is Artis Lane, an exceptional and recognized artist that has created many works all over the United States and Canada. Her most recent work can be viewed in the Nation’s Capitol, a large bust of Sojourner Truth. For more of her work please visit

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Firehouse Jazz

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Rookie/Hartsfield Dedication

Arnett Hartsfield, a retired Los Angeles firefighter nicknamed "The Rookie", was just one of the many victims of racism in the fire service.

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Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline-Various vintage photos. Firefighters from Central Ave in 1941.

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The AAFFM opened it’s doors as a Museum on December 13, 1997. The dedication of the Museum also served as the acknowledgement of what was believed to be the city’s first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters (1897-1997).

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Promotion Celebration For Battalion Chief Robert Harris

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Woman Of Fire

Firefighter Leigh-Ann Orr and Captain Veronie Steele-Small. The only two African American Women Firefighters in the Los Angeles County Fire Dept.; A celebration of African American Women Firefighters of California, all of the women of pictured here are from various Fire Departments in the State of California.

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Welcome To The African American Firefighter Museum

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