Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Fire Station No. 6
Fire Station No. 6 was one of seven fire stations built in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1890s to serve the city's bustling growth of suburban neighborhoods. One of the early means of transportation for the firemen was the horse-drawn hose wagon. When Martin Luther King, Jr. was growing up in this neighborhood of Sweet Auburn, a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine (like the one on display inside) was used by the firemen who worked here at this fire station.
In the 1930s and 1940s Atlanta was a segregated city and African American children could only "dream" of becoming fire-fighters for the Atlanta Fire Department. However, the modern Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the late 1950s and 1960s paved the way for integrating the workforce of public institutions and establishments such as the Atlanta Fire Department. In 1963 the Atlanta Fire Department hired sixteen African American firefighters.
Fire Station No. 6 was officially closed in 1991 after serving the neighborhood of Sweet Auburn and surrounding communities for nearly a century (1894-1991).
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 45.323′ N, 84° Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fire Station No. 6 (here, next to this marker); Shotgun Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stepping Up (about 300 feet away); Apartment House (about 400 feet away); Neighborhood Pride (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Regarding Historic Fire Station No. 6. This marker has been replaced by a newer marker, "Fire Station No. 6", separately submitted, thank you!
Also see . . .
1. City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.