Historic Markers Across Georgia



Fire Station No. 6



Marker ID:  
Location: 474 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.323    W 084° 22.32
  33.75538333    -84.372
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
Fire Station No. 6 Marker  



Text:

Fire Station No. 6
37-39 Boulevard, N.E.


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.



 
Notes:

For more information: Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Prize - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Biographical

 

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