Interview: Joseph A. Marshall

Title

Interview: Joseph A. Marshall

Subject

Fire extinction.
African Americans--Politics and government.
African American fire fighters
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
Race discrimination.
United States--Race relations.
African Americans--Segregation
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
Fire fighting practices

Description

A self-described “Old Philadelphian,” Joseph A. Marshall (1901-1990) was born and raised in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. In 1923, he joined Engine Company No. 11, located at 1016 South Street, the only firehouse to employ African Americans until desegregation of the Philadelphia Fire Department in 1952. Marshall served the fire department for twenty-three years before retiring in 1946. In 1974, he published "Leather Lungs," a short history of Engine Company No. 11 and his own career in the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Date

1986-05-22

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH206GN058

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Joseph A. Marshall

Interview Keyword

Fire extinction--Examinations, questions, etc.
Racism in the workplace
Fire fighters--Labor unions
African Americans--Recreation
African American leadership
African American neighborhoods

Files

marshall_small.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Joseph A. Marshall,” Goin' North, accessed December 16, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1083.