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The Legacy of the First Black Firefighters in Texas

Preston Culver with the Austin Fire Department photography department created a great video paying tribute to the first African American firefighting trailblazers in the State of Texas. In September, 1952, Willie Ray Davis, Nat Kindred, and Roy Greene were hired by the Austin Fire Department. Marvin Douglas, hired just a few months later, is featured in the video and is the oldest surviving member of this first wave of black firefighters hired 12 years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During this era of segregation, all of the initial black firefighters were assigned to Old Fire Station 5.

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