From the days of early settlers heading west to the new millennium, African Americans have helped shape Denver into the city we know and love. Here are 4 places to start your exploration of African American history in Denver:
Learn About Black Cowboys, Settlers and Soldiers at the Black American West Museum (3091 California St.)
Located in the former home of Colorado’s first female African American doctor, Dr. Justina Ford, this compact museum tells the story of the African American men and women who helped settle the West; who worked on Colorado ranches; and who defended our country as soldiers and airmen. Learn more.
Meet African American Firefighters at a Special Exhibit at Denver Firefighters Museum (1326 Tremont Pl.)
During the month of February, the 2nd floor of the museum will feature an exhibit highlighting African American firefighters in the department.
Explore the Western Legacies Museum at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton St.)
Free and open to the public, this unique museum occupies more than 7,000 sq. ft. on the library’s 3rd floor and introduces visitors to significant African Americans in Colorado history from early pioneers to present-day heroes. Learn more.
Discover the Stories of African Americans in Colorado at the History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway)
Visit the museum with a mission in mind: to track the stories of African Americans throughout Colorado history. You’ll learn something new on every floor. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out the extensive exhibit resources on the museum’s website to see videos and photo slideshows. Learn more.