Black Fire: Portrait of a Black Memphis Firefighter

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Robert J Crawford was one of the first 12 black firefighter hired by the City of Memphis. He came through the ranks as the first black battalion chief, deputy chief and deputy director. This book details his experiences as a boy growing up in Memphis and as a black firefighter. This is a first hand personal experience of what black firefighters faced from a systemic manipulation to deny them opportunity and examples of tactics used to "get rid of them."
ISBN: 9781596293281
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Tennessee
Series: American Heritage
Images: 49
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.325 (h)
Robert J. Crawford, Sr. was the first black driver, District Chief, Deputy Chief, and Deputy Director of the City of Memphis Fire Department. With each position he was the highest-ranking black firefighter within the city's fire department. He earned various certificates and awards for his firefighting skills. Robert retired as a thirty-three year veteran of the city's fire department. Robert lives in Memphis with his wife, Delores. Delores A Crawford, who collaborated with Robert, has published in Writers on the River, a local writer's club magazine. She has also published a poem, “Leaf in the Fall,” in World of Poetry Anthology.
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