Black Fire – Portrait of a black Memphis Firefighter. By: Robert J. Crawford, Sr., with Delores A. Crawford. Back in 1874, three black men were appointed to the Memphis Fire Department. These three men never fought a fire and were with the department for only eight days. It took more than eighty years for the Memphis F.D. to hire Robert Crawford and eleven others, who fought not only fires, but also the political battles raging in the racially divided city of Memphis. Black Fire is a vivid, often emotional account of a turbulent decade and one man’s brave ambition to serve and succeed as firefighters. Photos B&W. Softbound. Pgs. 159. Book measures approximately 6” wide X 9 ¼” high.