William H. Nicholson

African-American firefighter

William H. Nicholson (1869-1911) was the first African American fireman in the New York City Fire Department. He was assigned to Engine Company 6 and detailed to the veterinary department to feed the horses and shovel manure.[1][2]


  1. "History of the Vulcan Society". Vulcan Society. Retrieved 2015-09-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Ginger Adams Otis (2015). Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest. Macmillan. ISBN 9781137280015.