Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in Denver.
You can plan a trip with your family to these places with the helpful map, courtesy of MapQuest, below!
Black American West Museum
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As a child playing cowboys and Indians, Paul W. Stewart, an African-American, always ended up playing an Indian when his playmates said, "There is no such thing as a black cowboy
." As an adult, he learned that, in fact, roughly one out of every three cowboys involved in the building of the American West was African-American, prompting him to begin collecting artifacts reflecting the key role blacks played as Western pioneers. In 1971, Stewart's personal collection became the nucleus for Denver's Black American West Museum
. According to Frommer's
, the museum is housed in a Victorian structure that once was the home of Justina Ford, the first African-American female licensed to practice medicine in Denver. Although perhaps best known for its celebration of America's black cowboys, the museum also helps visitors understand the "vast contributions
" African-Americans made in virtually every aspect of early Western life, according to Fodor's. The museum's homestead exhibit draws many of its artifacts from the small Colorado community of Dearfield
-- now a ghost town -- that was settled by blacks in the early 20th century. The museum's bookstore sells a number of titles that explore how African-Americans helped shape the face of the American West.
3091 California St., Denver, CO 80205
Hours Of Operation:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
$8 for adults 13 to 64; $7 for seniors 65 and older; $6 for children 12 and younger.