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October 21, 2014, 10:10 pm
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Local Groups Support Effort To Restore Springfield's First Black Firehouse


Local groups are seeing early success with a fundraising effort that hopes to eventually restore the façade of the historic building that once served as Springfield’s first African-American firehouse. 

 

When the building was built around 1902 or 1903, the fire department… like most of Springfield… was racially segregated, and black firefighters were assigned to their own separate fire stations. 

 

Donations from groups including the Springfield Area Basic Crafts Council, Operating Engineers Local 965, and the Springfield Project have raised nearly three-fourths of the money needed for architectural and engineering studies for the project. 

 

But it may take another $200,000 to eventually complete that restored façade on the building at 1310 E. Adams.

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