Mural honoring Richmond’s first black firefighters revealed Friday night


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s first black firefighters are now permanently displayed in a new Jackson Ward mural.

Three local artists unveiled their interpretation of the story of Engine Company No. 9. on Friday night.

It pays tribute to the 10 men who were selected out of 500 applicants to serve as the first black career firefighters in Richmond and in Virginia.

The unveiling took place around 8 p.m. on the wall of Mocha Temple (613 North Second Street, Richmond, VA 23219).

There are multiple anniversary weekend events and the Friday night mural unveiling was just the start.

On Saturday, there will be a 71st Anniversary Banquet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Trinity Family Life Center on Dill Road. On Sunday, there will be a morning worship service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same location.

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