Black American West Museum & Heritage Center

The Black American West Museum in and of itself is not a single historical place, but a collection of artifacts, photographs and stories of Black Americans who helped settle the west. The museum is housed in the former home of Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado’s first Black woman doctor. The museum is located in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Five Points is unique among Denver’s neighborhoods because of the rich contributions of its diverse community, particularly African Americans (Five Points-Whittier Neighborhood History).

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Overland Cotton Mill / Hercules Industries

The Overland Cotton Mill was built in 1890-91 at the height of Denver’s economic boom. Cotton grown in Texas was shipped by rail north to Denver for processing. During the 13 years it was operating, the mill produced between three and twelve million yards of cloth annually. Most of the production was heavy-duty cotton yardage suitable for making work clothes (Denver Public Library).

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Savoy at Curtis Park

The Savoy occupies the second floor of a Victorian building built in 1887 and resides in the historic Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver. The second floor was used as a private social club with a dance floor/social space, lobby and lounge. Today, it remains as one of the few surviving spaces of its kind in the city of Denver.

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