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October 21, 2014, 4:31 pm
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Fundraising Efforts Continue to Restore First African-American Firehouse in Springfield


Fundraising continues for a project to restore the façade of the building that housed Springfield’s first African-American firehouse.

 

In the early 1900s, segregation in the fire department led to black firefighters being assigned to their own fire stations, the first of which was located at 1310 E. Adams.

 

Donations by several local groups have raised thousands of dollars for architectural and engineering studies… but another $200,000 will likely be needed for the actual construction of the façade.

 

Donations can be made through the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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