Author Archives: AAFFHS

AAFFHS Pays Tribute to the First Woman fire fighter in the history of the United States of America, Mary Williams

Mary Williams

On April 29, 2021 I boarded an Amtrak train at Baltimore’s Penn Station headed to New York’s Penn in Manhattan. Very reluctant to travel during the pandemic I had to make this pilgrimage to pay homage to the one who is noted to be the First Woman fire fighter in the history of the United States of […]

Making a Way Out of No Way: Family, Fire, and the Chapel Oaks Fire Department Live Broadcast on Feb 24th 3Pm

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I believe the most touching of all we have been blessed to honor, was The Gorham Family. Chapel Oaks Volunteer Fire Company in Prince George’s County, MD was established after a tragic fire, August 1946 in the home of Leroy and Lillian Gorham. The death of 5 year 7-day old Jean, 2 year 2 month […]

12th Anniversary of Fire Chief Toni Washington

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Congratulations to Chief Washington of Decatur, Georgia as she celebrates the 12th Anniversary of her January 6, 2009 appointment as the City of Decatur’s Fire Chief and Emergency Manager. Two years ago The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society recognized Chief Washington at our 9th Annual Salute Dinner. At that time she was the last […]

150 Year Anniversary of the First African American Fire Chief – Patrick H Raymond

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PATRICK H. RAYMOND 1831 – 1892 On Wednesday evening January 4, 1871, at the first regular meeting of the new city government of the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the name of P. H. Raymond, was placed before the full board for consideration. After his election that night to the post of Chief Engineer of the […]

The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society 9th Annual Salute Dinner

The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society 9th Annual Salute Dinner: “Saluting African Americans in Labor” Friday, June 21st 2019  6:00 Reception, 7:00 Dinner, 8:00 Program Cylburn Arboretum’s Vollmer Center 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209 Celebrating: 10th Anniversary of The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society 75thAnniversary of the 555th Parachute Infantry Platoon, The […]