Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum

Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum Unique, extensive collection of African-American Fire fighter history and memorabilia.
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The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum It’s rare that a museum is as specific — and as heartfelt — as this one, which honors Baltimore’s first African-American firefighter (and the founder of the first black firefighters’ club in the nation). Housed in the front room of a West Baltimore rowhouse, the museum uses Hardy’s store to tell stories of civil rights, the Great Fire of 1904, and the history of black Baltimore. Caveat: This museum is in someone’s house, so you’ve got to call ahead; to visit, call Guy Cephas at 443-919-9310.

TONIGHT! Breaking news: "Firefight" discussion with author Ginger Adams Otis that took place at Greenlight Bookstore in ...
07/19/2015

TONIGHT! Breaking news: "Firefight" discussion with author Ginger Adams Otis that took place at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn NY on June 6 will air tonight, Sunday July 19 on CSpan2 Book TV. Tune in!

From the Vulcan Society FDNY
05/22/2015

From the Vulcan Society FDNY

If you order on Amazon before May 26th Save 28% on the new book: FIREFIGHT: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New Yor...
05/22/2015
Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest

If you order on Amazon before May 26th Save 28% on the new book: FIREFIGHT: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis. Stories of courage—about African-American firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1137280018/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In 1919, when Wesley Williams became a New York City firefighter, he stepped into a world that was 100% white and predominantly Irish. As far as this city knew, black men in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) tended horses.Nearly a century later, many things in the FDNY had changed--but not t...

Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis shares stories of courage—about ...
05/13/2015
Between the Lines: Ginger Adams Otis

Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis shares stories of courage—about firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. FDNY Captain Paul Washington is a second-generation black firefighter, who spent his multi-decade career fighting to get blacks on the job. He faced an insular, close-knit culture that favored families and friends and never saw its own inclusion as privilege. Based on years of on the ground reporting, Firefight is an exciting blend of high-octane firefighting, critical Civil Rights history and a grassroots struggle for opportunity. A book signing will follow the conversation. http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/05/12/between-lines-ginger-adams-otis

Ginger Adams Otis in Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest shares stories of courage—about firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. FDNY Captain Paul Washington is a second-generation black firef…

James A. Strachan (1915-1989), co-founder and writer of the original constitution/by-laws of the VULCAN SOCIETY (the fir...
03/30/2015

James A. Strachan (1915-1989), co-founder and writer of the original constitution/by-laws of the VULCAN SOCIETY (the first fraternal order of African-American firefighters) was also the first elected Vice President of the New York-based organization (1940). At the time he wrote the by-laws, Strachan was 24 years old. At the November 2014 Vulcans memorial service in Brooklyn, in remarks to the assembled Firefighters and families, John Coombs, recent past president said "James Strachan is the architect of the Vulcan Society".

Great online source for history of African-American firefighters-- http://www.legeros.com/history/ebf/national.shtml
02/16/2015
History of Black Firefighters

Great online source for history of African-American firefighters-- http://www.legeros.com/history/ebf/national.shtml

This is an effort to pay tribute to the many volunteer and paid firefighters of color. Not in recent years but in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This time period is chosen because there is little written about these men and in most instances they are forgotten. You are free to u…

Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum's cover photo
02/16/2015

Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum's cover photo

Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum
02/03/2015

Arthur Smokestack Hardy Fire Museum

Guy Cephas, director and curator of the The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum
02/03/2015

Guy Cephas, director and curator of the The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum

The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire MuseumIt’s rare that a museum is as specific — and as heartfelt — as this one, which ...
02/02/2015

The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum
It’s rare that a museum is as specific — and as heartfelt — as this one, which honors Baltimore’s first African-American firefighter (and the founder of the first black firefighters’ club in the nation). Housed in the front room of a West Baltimore rowhouse, the museum uses Hardy’s store to tell stories of civil rights, the Great Fire of 1904, and the history of black Baltimore. Caveat: This museum is in someone’s house, so you’ve got to call ahead; to visit, call Guy Cephas at 443-919-9310.

02/02/2015

The Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum
It’s rare that a museum is as specific — and as heartfelt — as this one, which honors Baltimore’s first African-American firefighter (and the founder of the first black firefighters’ club in the nation). Housed in the front room of a West Baltimore rowhouse, the museum uses Hardy’s store to tell stories of civil rights, the Great Fire of 1904, and the history of black Baltimore. Caveat: This museum is in someone’s house, so you’ve got to call ahead; to visit, call Guy Cephas at 443-919-9310.

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203 North Carey Street
Baltimore, MD
21223

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(443) 919-9310

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