National Law Enforcement Museum to Receive Original 9-1-1 Phone Marking the 50th Anniversary of First Official Call

Thursday, May 31, 2018| Authored by
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Museum will Display Historic Phone as Part of its 9-1-1 Emergency Ops interactive exhibit

(Washington, DC) – The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building – the nation’s only museum that explores nearly every facet of American law enforcement – announced today that it will receive the original “red phone” used to place the first 9-1-1 emergency call to display in the Museum’s interactive 9-1-1 Museum opening in October.

The Museum will announce that it will receive the phone during a ceremony at the annual 9-1-1 Festival in Haleyville, AL recognizing the 50th anniversary of the first official 9-1-1 call in our nation’s history. The call was made on February 16, 1968 by Haleyville resident B.W. Gallagher, a manager of a local independent phone company. The call came from the mayor’s office in Haleyville and rang to a bright red phone at the police station.

“The National Law Enforcement Museum is proud to be able to display this iconic phone as part of our 9-1-1 Emergency Ops interactive exhibit that will educate visitors about the critical work our nation’s 9-1-1 managers and dispatchers perform each day to make our communities safer,” said David Brant, Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum. “Our Museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of every facet of law enforcement and artifacts like the first 9-1-1 phone really help bring these stories to life.”

WHAT: 50th Annual 9-1-1 Festival – Original 9-1-1 Phone Dedication Ceremony

WHERE: Town Hall, Haleyville, AL

WHEN: Haleyville Town Hall Event, 9:00 am CDT

WHO: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (tentative)
National Law Enforcement Memorial Officers Fund CEO Craig Floyd,
Other local dignitaries


About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Foundation Solutions Building will be a mostly-underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

Media Contacts:
Robyn Small – National Law Enforcement Museum
(202) 737-8524

Dan Sweet – RP3 Agency
(301) 760-3207

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