The New York City Fire Museum joins with other cultural institutions in denouncing the events over the past few weeks that shook our country to its core. It took the unnecessary, shameful and illegal sacrifice of a life – in retrospect many lives – to make us look inward to examine how we act toward our fellow Americans, especially with regard to discriminatory practices involving race.
The mission of the NYC Fire Museum is to Preserve, Educate and Celebrate the history of the FDNY. In that context, we are obligated to ensure that every aspect of FDNY history, the joyous and the painful, the proud and the shameful, are preserved by the Museum and that we do our part to educate the public in that regard.
In the past, the Museum has put a spotlight on the history of black and other under-represented groups in the FDNY. As we develop a new strategic plan for how we tell the stories of the brave men and women that make up the Department, we recognize that there are many aspects not represented in our current array of artifacts and displays.As we continue to address these gaps, we are united in the commitment set forth by the Commissioner and vow to do our part to practice fair and equitable policies, not just in our representations of FDNY history, but also within our own organization.
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