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Letter to Fire Commissioner Paul from Robert Powell, Vulcans President,
"Tribute to a Black Fireman," James O. Rogers, ca. 1992.
After a successful class action suit in 1972 resulting in compensatory
hiring practices, the Vulcans continued to work to combat the hostile
firehouse environments into which their fellows were hired. Vulcans
leaders were tireless advocates for their men and women, bringing
notice and evidence of discrimination directly to the Fire Commissioner
and his team, and insisting on clear and decisive action that would
demonstrate the Fire Department's total commitment to the new policies.
From the Boston Society of Vulcans records.
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