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Black American West Museum: Celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day

Black American West Museum: Celebrating Juneteenth and Father’s Day


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“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”
– Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933

Did You Know?

Denver’s first official Juneteenth celebration began in 1966.

Otha P. Rice Sr. brought the celebration with him from Texas. He moved to Colorado in the 1950s and opened a bar, Rice’s Tap Room. He first gathered people to celebrate the moment when enslaved people in Galveston learned they had been freed.

In those early years it was a small and loosely organized event. But Rice, who became known as the “father of Juneteenth,” began to pull more and more people for the cerebration. Big Al, who ran a restaurant on 26th Avenue, threw in his support as Jim “Dr. Daddio” Walker helped spread the word through KDKO, his AM radio station. Then, the Five Points Business Association took Juneteenth to a new level as they attempted to drive dollars toward Welton Street. In 1983, an estimated 60,000 people showed up to the celebration. Notes provided by Terry Nelson.

The Jane Taylor Reenactors Guilt (JTRG)

The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center (BAWM & HC) was awarded funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS). For the Jane Taylor Reenactors Guilt (JTRG)

The reenactors help depict the often-untold stories of the brave and courageous African American men and women whose history contributed to the westward expansion. Without these individual’s success in the west, American history may not have been achieved.

Please go to the bawmhc.org website and click on the heading LEARN; click on Jane Taylor Reenactors Guilt; scroll to the box: “Meet The Characters.” You can view monologues about these courageous and compelling stories of African American Heroes.

Please make a donate to the museum that has over 52 years promoting an understanding of the role African Americans played in the settlement, and development of the western United States through its exhibits, programs, and collections.


How to schedule your visit to the Museum

Go to bawmhc.org the museum’s home page/website click on Visit and follow the prompts.

It is the museum’s goal to keep in the forefront the health and safety of its visitors and volunteers CDC guidelines.

Please wait to be notified that your reservation has been reserved.

Masks are optional.

The museum is unable at this time to accommodate Walk-in visitors.

Look for the Museum’s up coming event!
August 25th, 2023

Your Action Supports Culture and History

The museum is not publicly funded. It operates through donations, grants and memberships. Through these contributions the museum is able to continue its mission of preserving culture and history during these unprecedented times.

Thank You, for supporting this cultural icon, dedicated to African American history 365 days a year.

For more information, please call, go online or visit the website:
Phone: 720-242-7428 | Email: bawmhc@gmail.com
Website: www.bawmhc.org


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