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The African American Firefighter Museum, Los Angeles

The African American Firefighter Musuem, Los Angeles. Jennifer Arrow/Flickr

Demonstrating the variety of museums devoted to the African American experience, the Firefighter Museum was founded in 1997 to commemorate a century of public service by black firefighters. Until 1955, Los Angeles Fire Department was segregated, and one of the designated black fire stations became the modern home of the museum. Along with maintaining the station and its equipment, the museum also features speaking events with people who served as firefighters, including most recently, Arnett Lee Hartsfield, Jr. Hartsfield helped to expose and dismantle the system of segregation in the LAFD, and went on to serve as the museums' historian until his death in 2015.

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