African American Firefighter Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Released on: October 11, 2007, 12:00 pm

Press Release Author: Marie Lemelle/Platinum Star Public Relations

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: City and County firefighters will honor Fire Chief Douglas
Barry at the annual dance to raise funds to preserve the history of African American
Firefighters on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at the African American Firefighter
Museum at 1401 Central Avenue

Press Release Body: Dance under the stars with the African American firefighters on
Saturday, October 13, 2007, at the African American Firefighter Museum, 1401 Central
Avenue, Los Angeles 90021 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Give your support to sustain Fire
Station 30 and the rich history and culture about the challenges African American
firefighters faced and overcame in Los Angeles beginning in the late 1800s.
Tickets are $50 for the dinner and dance. For the dance only, tickets are $25. The
dance floor opens at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door or for advance purchase,
call Darlean Anderson, office manager of the Stentorian Center at (323) 294-4143 or
Brent Burton at (323) 855-0812. Free parking is available. Donations are tax
"Fire Chief Douglas Barry, the first African American Fire Chief in the history of
the City of Los Angeles, will be honored during the dinner," said Captain Brent
Burton, who also serves as the president of the African American Firefighter Museum
and the Los Angeles County Stentorians. The Mistress of Ceremonies is V100 Radio
Personality Daniella Masterson, host of the Sunday morning show, "It's A New Day."
"Barry has accomplished a goal that firefighters such as retired fireman and
historian Arnett "The Rookie" Hartsfield thought he would never live to see."
Hartsfield retired more than 40 years ago. Barry's appointment by Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa is a testament to creating a leadership reflective of a diverse Los
"The dance will benefit the Museums educational projects such as the high school
internship program, the \"Little Sparks\" day camp for 8-12 year olds and the
volunteer docent program," said Burton. The museum is operated by volunteers.
"The Museum serves as a voice for untold and little known stories about African
American firefighters who wanted and earned the right to protect and serve the Los
Angeles community," said Burton. "At the Museum you will discover a vital part of
the history of Los Angeles that should never be forgotten."
For press credentials, contact Marie Lemelle at 213-276-7827 or

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Contact Details: Marie Y. Lemelle
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Glendale, CA 91203

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