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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station

 
 
Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2009
1. Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station Marker
Inscription. On 1 July 1950, the first professional Afro-American firefighters in Virginia were hired and in September were stationed on the northeast corner of this intersection. These courageous pioneers created a loyalty and dedication to each other and their profession notwithstanding discriminatory practices. Harvey S. Hicks, among those first hired, became the city's first black fire captain in September 1961. On 14 June 1963, Hicks and firefighter Douglas P. Evans sacrificed their lives in a rescue attempt. The city integrated the fire department on 6 July 1963 and demolished the fire station in 1968.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 54.)
 
Location. 37° 32.876′ N, 77° 25.977′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on North 5th Street 0.1 miles north of East Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Alfred D. “A.D.” Price (approx. ¼ mile
Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2009
2. Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station Marker
away); Miller’s and Eggleston Hotels (approx. ¼ mile away); Quality Row (approx. ¼ mile away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Brown's Island Disaster (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson Ward (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  History of Blacks in Richmond Fire and Emergency Services . History by Mike Legeros. (Submitted on September 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansHeroes
 
First Professional Afro-American Fire-Fighters in Richmond. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2009
3. First Professional Afro-American Fire-Fighters in Richmond.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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