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The African American Firefighter Museum is dedicated to collecting, conserving, and sharing the heritage of African-American firefighters through collaboration and education.

A Message from the AAFFM President

Here at the museum we want to empower, foster, and create innovative ways to have more volunteers and families enjoy what the museum has to offer. The museum would love for you to get involved. Feel free to reach out and contact the museum. We’d love to hear from you!

-Michelle Banks

Special Museum in the News Feature!

The AAFFM was recently highlighted in the Winter 2024 issue of Preservation Magazine!

AAFFM Black History Month 2024

AAFFM Black History Month 2024

Join the African American Firefighter Museum for a special Black History Month presentation! Retired...

Sydney Breakfield January 29, 2024
Volunteer Spotlight: Reggie Lee

Volunteer Spotlight: Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee is an AAFFM Docent with 50 years of fire service experience. His career began in 1974 when he was hired as a Fire Control Laborer, and later hired into…

Sydney Breakfield January 12, 2024

LA Sentinel: African American Firefighter Museum Traces History From Segregation to Integration

The LA Sentinel spent a Sunday afternoon touring the AAFFM. Museum volunteers were gracious...

Sydney Breakfield December 6, 2023

In Our Words: d'Lisa Davies

Presented during during a hybrid event, retired LAFD Captain d’Lisa Davies led a screening of her self-directed film The Journey of d’Lisa Davies, followed by a discussion and Q&A session. Captain Davies joined Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1984 after serving in the military as a Telecommunication Specialist. She became LAFD’s first African-American female Firefighter and the second uniformed African-American woman. She promoted to Captain in 2009 after 22 years of field and administrative assignments. Captain Davies retired in October 2015 after 31 years of public service.

MUSEUMS FOR ALL!

Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 1,000 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card and a photo ID.

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BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

The National Endowment for the Humanities is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. It serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES

The objective of California Humanities is to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

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ANNENBERG FOUNDATION

The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally.

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LOS ANGELES CITY STENTORIANS

The Stentorians Organization was founded in 1954 by a collective effort of African-American firefighters at station 30 and 14 on Central Ave. With Fireman Jerva Harris as the first President followed by Captain Bob Craig. Fireman Gerald George came up with the name Stentorians for the appropriateness speaking out against the fire department’s segregation policy. Their purpose was to combat the racism and blatant bigotry that prevented African-Americans from joining and advancing in the fire service. The Stentorians fought to make the fire service a profession of equality and opportunity for all. To better serve the diverse needs of our members, the Stentorians organization restructured in 1990, forming two chapters; The Stentorians of Los Angeles County and The Stentorians of Los Angeles City.

Today, the entire Stentorians membership consists of more than 500 AFRICAN-AMERICAN men and women Fire Personnel. The Stentorians also belong to the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, IABPFF, a national organization promoting equality for the fire service nationwide. The Stentorians organization maintains Old Station 46, one of the FIRST fire stations integrated by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, as its office and training facility. This facility is now named in honor of Arnett Hartsfield and Van Davis. Both are former firefighters of the City and County Fire Departments, respectfully.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY STENTORIANS

The Los Angeles City Stentorians have played an important role in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the LAFD and the fire service as a whole. The group has also been involved in community outreach and education initiatives, such as providing fire safety and prevention information to local schools and organizations. Overall, the Los Angeles City Stentorians have been a significant presence within the Los Angeles fire service and continue to serve as advocates for underrepresented communities within the profession.

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Museum Visitors

Reviews and Insights

“The history of firefighting-Past and present
is always interesting. I tend to visit fire museums
in our travels, my husband served on Denver Fire 34 years.”

— Charlene O.

“I took a tour while at The Central Avenue Jazz
Festival. It was very informative and this history
is amazing. What an awesome day.”

— Paula M.

“Fire safety and fire preparedness is an integral part of our daily lives. African Americans have made major contributions and strides in the fire service universally. The rich history under this roof holds the treasures of jewels by men & women that chose to protect the Community.
I am a retired FF from Gary, Indiana with 28 years of service. Thank you to past, present and future FF.”

— Reginald B.

Recent News

from the Media Team

Here’s where we keep you updated about AAFFM spotlights!

AAFFM Black History Month 2024

Join the African American Firefighter Museum for a special Black History Month presentation! Retired...

Sydney Breakfield January 29, 2024

130 Years of Black Firefighters in LA

Presented over Zoom, retired LACOFD Captain Brent F. Burton will present an all-encompassing presentation of the history of Black firefighters in Los Angeles. Including…

Sydney Breakfield January 12, 2024

How to find us:

1401 S. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Hours:

The Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm