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Exhibition Program

Author Talk | Black Heroes of Fire: The History of the First African American Fire Company in Chicago – Fire Engine Company 21

Thursday, December 2

Fire Engine Company 21 was Chicago’s first organized, paid African American firefighting company. The history of the company amplifies the social and economic changes from enslavement to freedom in the African American community and the political change that paved the way for African American firefighters.

Join us for a conversation on the impact of Fire Engine Company 21 and the legacy of African American firefighters in Chicago. Speakers include:

Free to all; RSVP required

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Dekalb Walcott Jr., Black Heroes of Fire author and Chicago Fire Department battalion chief (Ret.)
Julius L. Jones, CHM curator
James Winbush, Chicago Fire Department captain (Ret.)
Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus of history at Roosevelt University
Sherry Williams, founder and president of the Bronzeville Historical Society

The Details



2 nd

7:00–8:30 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

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