From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Davis, Van, Jr.

(born: 1929  -  died: 1991) Van Davis, Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Mannie and Van Davis, Sr. He was the leading plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles County. Davis became the first African American firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1953. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. For more see "Behind the Scenes, Van Davis, Jr.," a County of Los Angeles Fire Department website.

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“Davis, Van, Jr.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 4, 2023,

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