Join us Saturday September 25th at 2pm to celebrate the making of the mural created in honor of William Henry Jacklyn, Hartford's first black Firefighter.
William served at Engine Company 7 from 1898 until 1908, when he quit because the department would not allow him to sleep in the same quarters as his white peers.
William continued to volunteer and helped battle the 1914 blaze at Hartford's Union Station. It wasn't until 1948 that Black firefighters were welcomed to be part of the Hartford Fire Department.
The Hartford Changemakers mural project was led by artists @aiir.is & @cheluart along with an intergenerational group of community members.
The mural project was hosted by longtime advocate of Hartford history, North End resident, HPL board member and former fire Capt. Steve Harris.
The Phoenix Society of Hartford is an organization founded in 1966 to maintain the history and generational support of Black firefighters in the City of Hartford and beyond.
You can learn more about our Changemakers program HERE