The African American Firefighter Museum (AAFM) celebrated the birthdays of five pioneers on June 22, 2008.
Four of the firefighters reached their 90th birthdays; the fifth, Captain Cecil McLinn Sr, passed before his 95th birthday. The trailblazers worked during the days of segregation on Central Avenue and endured the bitter battle of integrating the Department in the mid 1950s. Honorees included Arnett Hartsfield, Roger Duncan, Nathan Neal and Gerald George and Captain Cecil Mclinn Sr..(represented by his son, Cecil McLinn Jr.). AAFM, founded in 1997, is located at 1401 Central Ave. near downtown Los Angeles.