April 1, 2023

So it a very cool to meet people who made a difference in New Jersey’s History! It started with the Meredith Havens Fire Museum making a dedication to Linwood Collin’s (deceased). His wife Ethel and daughter, Diane where there to accept it – Ethel has a little First History in her story too and we got an interview! THE HISTORYy: Linwood Collins joined the Marines in 1944 and served in World War II. In 1957, he was sworn in as Trenton’s first African-American firefighter.  Linwood Collins widow Ethel Collins was Trenton’s first female parking enforcement office. #GirlPower

The day was also a dedication to the new sign (letters) that are mounted on the Trenton Fire Museum building of which was founded in 1959 by Fire Captain (now retired) Edward Gore, and in 1974, renamed for its co-founder and first curator, Meredith Havens. 

Through the years the Museum has accumulated a collection of firefighting artifacts and memorabilia, considerably enhanced by the acquisition of the Walter F. Smith collection of local and national firefighting objects.  Approximately 4,000 items and 680 historic photographs are now included in the collection of which is known as the largest collection on the Eastern Seaboard.

Meredith Havens Fire Museum, 244 Perry Street, Trenton, NJ

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