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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: Denver Edition

Posted: 02/16/2012 2:00 pm

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!

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.

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.

--Don Amerman

Address: 3091 California St., Denver, CO 80205
Telephone: 720-242-7428
Hours Of Operation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $8 for adults 13 to 64; $7 for seniors 65 and older; $6 for children 12 and younger.
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