WHAT WE DID: 2/9

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Correct Greek & Latin packet #6
    • Continue to work on personal odes
    • HOMEWORK
      • Study for G&L quiz
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Correct Greek & Latin packet Unit VIIII
    • Continue to work on seen/unseen “Iceberg” activity
    • HOMEWORK
      • Study for G&L quiz
      • Take-home essay test due 2/15
  • ENGLISH 8
    • Correct Greek & Latin packet Unit VII
    • Complete seen/unseen “Iceberg” activity; Begin personal seen/unseen
    • HOMEWORK
      • Study for G&L quiz
      • Take-home essay test due 2/15

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

Did you know that back in 1895, the first Black man was hired to serve in the Los Angeles City Fire Department? “Call Fireman” Sam Haskins was the first black man hired by the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Born a slave in Virginia, Haskins came to Los Angeles sometime in 1880.  In 1892, Haskins was appointed to the department as a “Call Fireman,” a paid position that was part time, filling in for members off sick or on vacation.

Most call firemen filled permanent positions when one became available.  On November 19, 1895, an alarm came into Engine 2 located at 2127 East First Street.  The Engine Company responded, the hose wagon leading the way, and the steam engine following.  Sam Haskins climbed on the rear tailboard of the engine alongside of the engineer.  Hitting rough pavement on North Main Street, Haskins lost his balance and fell forward into the large wheel on the left side of the boiler.  He was fatally crushed and died a short time later at the engine house.

The death of fireman Haskins prompted Councilman Ashman to direct the Fire Commission to organize an engine company to be composed of colored men.  A motion was put forward to the Fire Commission on November 26, 1895. In October, 1897, all-Black fire stations were formed. The last all-Black fire stations were integrated in September, 1956.

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