Atlanta Celebrates City's First Black Firefighters

Posted: Apr. 18th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Fifty years ago, station 16 in Atlanta was the first firehouse in the city to eliminate the color barrier and commit to desegregation. Atlanta officials erected a plaque in their honor and even Evander Holyfield was on site to celebrate the firefighters' achievement.

Thousands of local firefighters can point to 16 firefighters who broke the color barrier 50 years ago on Monday.

Channel 2’s John Bachman was at the northwest Atlanta fire station on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard when the department marked the historic moment early Monday afternoon.

Station 16 is home to the first 16 African-American firefighters in the city of Atlanta. City leaders unveiled a marker for the barrier the 16 broke 50 years ago.


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