Engine 11: A Journey of Segregation & Discovery

Produced by: 
Engine 11 Precious Places Group (1016 South Street)
10 min 59 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.5 compilation DVD.

Segregated from 1919 to 1952, Engine 11 was an all-black fire station on South Street. The firehouse recruits, known as the “leather lungs,” would often work the most dangerous jobs with little or no formal training. This video uses the stories of the Engine’s five surviving firemen to explore the station’s history and its contribution to the surrounding neighborhood, and to contend for its recognition in the Philadelphia Fire Museum.