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Fire Station No. 6

37-39 Boulevard, N.E.

 
 
Fire Station No. 6 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 24, 2015
1. Fire Station No. 6 Marker
Inscription.
As a boy Martin Luther King, Jr., played basketball behind Fire Station No. 6 and watched the white crews go out on calls. He and his friends knew that they could not dream of becoming firefighters because of the city’s segregation laws. Finally, in 1963, 16 blacks were allowed to join the paid force, and, a few years later, Station 6 became the city’s first integrated station.

When I was a kid…Station 6…was like a meeting place for all the kids…It was a place you could go to get information, to get help if you needed it. It was a vital part of the community…Billy Jordan

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The city’s first black firefighters (above) worked at Station 16 in Southwest Atlanta.
Firefighters muster here at Station 6 in 1928.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 45.323′ N, 84° 22.32′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boulevard NE and Auburn Avenue NE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 474 Auburn Ave., Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Fire Station No. 6 (here, next to this marker but has
Fire Station No. 6 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 24, 2015
2. Fire Station No. 6 Marker
Directly above the marker is a marker from the station's founding that reads, "Station No. 6 erected 1894. Board of Firemasters. John E. Goodwin, Mayor, Jas. M. Stephens, Chairman, Albert Howell, John A. Colvin, Chas. E. Harman, John H. Welch, W.B. Joyner, Chief, Bruce & Morgan, Architects, Wagener & Gore Flor., Contractors"
been reported missing); 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. (within shouting distance of this marker); Stepping Up (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Apartment House (about 400 feet away); Neighborhood Pride (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker was replaced by the one transcribed above
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public Work
 
Fire Station No. 6 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 24, 2015
3. Fire Station No. 6 Marker
Marker is visible on the corner of the Fire Station.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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