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    • Jacqueline G. Peterson-Hall

    • Jacqueline G. Peterson-Hall 1956 Real Estate Developer The first African-American female in the State of Colorado to develop a 7 million dollar housing/mixed use project. Mrs. Peterson-Hall is the CEO/President of Eldercare 2000 Inc. and founder...
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    • Sebastian Cabot Owens

    • Sebastian Cabot Owens Director, Colorado Urban League Minority groups field representative, 1941-1948; Urban League of Colorado, 1948-1975; executive director, Urban League of Colorado, 1952. Guest lecturer at University of Denver and University...
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    • George Morrison, Sr.

    • George Morrison, Sr. Musician Violinist, orchestra leader, music teacher, churchman and philanthropist; served on Mayor's Committee on Music, 1947-1960; furnished music on the famous Denver Post Special Train to Cheyenne, Wyoming Frontier Days...
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    • Edna Wilson Mosley

    • Edna Wilson Mosley Aurora City Councilwoman First African American to be elected to the Aurora, Colorado City Council. (1991) Edna Wilson Mosley has demonstrated her commitment to the advancement of human rights and social justice through...
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    • Arie Parks Taylor

    • Arie Parks Taylor March 27, 1927-September 27, 2003 Politician and Businesswoman, State Representative, Colorado House of Representatives "The "Fierce Black Woman from Colorado." Arie Parks Taylor's accomplishments are numerous and well known...
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    • Walker Anderson

    • Walker Anderson 1866-1904 Construction Man Came to Denver in 1880 to learn the brick laying trade; helped construct the old Denver Court Housem State Capitol, Daniels and Fisher building, Mining Exchange, Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, and the...
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    • Syl Morgan-Smith

    • Syl Morgan-Smith Communicator and Community Leader Mrs. Syl Morgan-Smith was one of the first African American television news anchorwomen in Colorado. She was a weather forecaster, sportscaster, television talk show host, newspaper editor, and...
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    • James A. Atkins

    • James A. Atkins 1890-1968 Teacher Came to Denver in 1927; teacher at Tennessee A & I College; assisted Dr. Ambrose Calves in Federal Emergency Relief activities for Negroes during the depression; national conferee in formulating the Charter of...
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    • The Reverend Harry E. Rahming

    • The Reverend Harry E. Rahming Episcopal Priest and Theologian Great-great-grandson of Squanto, son of Massasoit, the 17th century American Indian. Rector of Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church, Denver, 1920-1966; received the first Master of Theology...
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    • Jack Bradley

    • Jack Bradley Musician Native Denverite; charter member of Denver Civic Symphony, 1935; first black member of Denver Symphony 1940-1941 and 1946-1949; first black person serving as a regular member of any United States symphony orchestra; presently...
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    • Cleo Parker Robinson

    • Cleo Parker Robinson 1948- Artistic Director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Cleo Parker Robinson is the Artistic Director of the only multi-cultural dance arts organization of its kind in this region. The organization has received the...
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    • Honorable Raymond Dean Jones

    • Honorable Raymond Dean Jones Colorado Appellate Judge The Honorable Raymond Dean Jones was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Harvard Law School. After a distinguished career as a trial attorney, County Judge and District Judge, he...
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    • Odell C. Barry

    • Odell C. Barry October 10, 1941 Politician and Businessman Mayor, Northglenn Colorado 1980-1982; Northglenn City Councilman, Ward II 1971-1979; Denver Bronco. Odell C. Barry's accomplishments throughout Northglenn and the State of Colorado are...
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    • Alphonse D. Robinson

    • Alphonse D. Robinson Mus. Arts., B. 1910, East St. Louis, Illinois Organist, choir director, pianist, composer. Student of Marta Baloghy Teodonno, Hungarian born concert pianist. Chronicled in Choral Music by Afro American Composers by Evely...
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    • Landri Taylor

    • Landri Taylor Vice President Community Affairs, Forest City Stapleton, Inc. Taylor is responsible for job training and small business development in addition to minority and women-owned business enterprise outreach at the former Stapleton...
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    • Edward J. Sanderlin

    • Edward J. Sanderlin 1824-1891 Businessman Arrived in Colorado during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859. After striking it rich in the mines, he expanded his fortune with skillful property and ranching investments. Mr. Sanderlin was a close friend...
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    • Mrs. Lula Craig

    • Mrs. Lula Craig 1867-1971 Teacher Came to Colorado from Kansas in a covered wagon; early teacher in southern Colorado; writer of western history; homesteader and civic leader. Died at age 105.
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    • "Daddy Bruce" Randolph

    • "Daddy Bruce" Randolph Businessman, Philanthropist On Thanksgiving Day, in the mid 1960's he invited over 400 needy persons to his restaurant and fed them - free of charge. Since that time he has fed thousands of people annually, not only on...
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    • Moses Brewer

    • Moses Brewer, Multicultural Relations/Marketing
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    • Paul Wilbert Stewart

    • Paul Wilbert Stewart Museum Curator Denver resident; one of the few black museum curators in the nation. Paul was one of the first to present an exhibit depicting the contributions of black pioneers in the early settlement of the state of...
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    • Jim Beckwourth

    • Jim Beckwourth 1798-ca. 1866 Scout and Trapper Named chief of the Crow Indians. Beckwourth's Pass and Beckwourth's Valley in the High Sierras of Nevada are named in his honor.
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    • Victoria "Vikki" Denise Buckley

    • Victoria "Vikki" Denise Buckley 1949-1999 Colorado Secretary of State First African-American female and Republican elected to a Colorado statewide constitutional office (November, '94). Mrs. Buckley was the highest ranking female African-American...
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    • George L. Brown, Jr.

    • George L. Brown, Jr. Lieutenant - Governor of Colorado World War II pilot; staff writer and night city editor, Denver Post, 1950-1964; first black senator in the Colorado Legislature, 1956-1974; director of Denver Urban Coalition, 1969-1974;...
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    • William L. Turner

    • William L. Turner 1894-1971 Realtor Nineteenth century Civil Service employee, Washington, D.C.; first realtor to break the color barrier in Denver housing; N.A.A.C.P. leader in Colorado; major contributor to Negro colleges in the Midwest.
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    • Honorable Terrance D. Carroll

    • Honorable Terrance D. Carroll First African American Speaker of the House 2009-2010 Colorado House of Representatives State Representative 2003-2010
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    • Gregory Kellam Scott

    • Gregory Kellam Scott 1st Black Colorado Supreme Court Judge The first Black member in the 116 year history of the Colorado Supreme Court. He was sworn in on January 15, 1993, (the birthday of the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Governor...
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    • Byron Caldwell

    • Byron Caldwell Civic Worker Native Denverite; supervisor of Job Corps, Pleasanton, California, 1965; director of Peace Corps, Nigeria, Africa, 1966-1972; director of the International Division of One World, 1972; presently national director of the...
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    • Pauline Robinson

    • Pauline Robinson Librarian N.A.A.C.P. freedom activist in her college years; responsible for the integration of Lakeside Amusement Park; coordinator of Children's Services, Denver Public Library; 1964, recipient of the Nell I Scott Memorial Award...
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    • "Aunt" Clara Brown

    • "Aunt" Clara Brown 1800-1882 Former Slave Settled in Denver or Auraria Cherry Creek in 1959; set up the first laundry in the "new country" at Central City, Colorado, amassed a fortune, bought mining claims, and used her money to help bring other...
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    • Columbus "Chris" Veasey, Jr. Ph.D.

    • Columbus "Chris" Veasey, Jr. Ph.D. Chairman, Denver County Democratic Party Elected Chairman, Denver County Democratic Party in 1991. He was the first African-American to be elected as Party Chairman in Denver History. His aggressive...
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    • Thomas Campbell, L.L.D.

    • Thomas Campbell, L.L.D. 1869-1957 Attorney Graduated from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1893; first black man to practice law in the Indian Territory, Oklahoma, 1893. Served as major in the Spanish American War, personally...
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    • Joseph H. P. Westbrooke, M.D.

    • Joseph H. P. Westbrooke, M.D. Physician Came to Denver in 1907 to practice medicine; infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan as a member in order to apprise blacks of the Klan's plans; active civic leader; responsible for naming Dearfield, Colorado.
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    • Ulysses H. Baker

    • Ulysses H. Baker 1869-1933 Became a policeman in 1898; first motorcycle patrolman in the City and County of Denver; created the first auto-theft department in the West. Was promoted to the rank of City Detective; held this position until...
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    • James David Ward

    • James David Ward Educator In 1965 he became principal of Manual High School, making him the first Black male high school principal in Colorado. He stayed at Manual High School until 1977 and was responsible for the successful desegregation of...
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    • Alta Cousins

    • Alta Cousins 1884-1971 A woman respected by all who knew her. She and her husband were married sixty years.
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    • Lu Vason

    • Lu Vason Founder and Director of the Bill Pickett Rodeo The rodeo shares the history lesson about Black Cowboys through fun for the entire family of how the "West Was Won." The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo has traveled to more than 38 cities...
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    • Elvin R. Caldwell

    • Elvin R. Caldwell Denver City Councilman Native Denverite; served three terms in the Colorado Legislature, 1950-1955; first black person elected to Denver City Council, 1955 to present; served three of five City Council terms as president. ...
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    • Wilma J. Webb

    • Wilma J. Webb First Lady of Denver - Colorado State Representative First Lady of Denver since 1991. Colorado State Representative since 1980. First minority woman member of the state's powerful Joint Budget Committee, she has ensured that vital...
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    • James C. Gaskin

    • James C. Gaskin Director, Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver Former assistant manager, Veterans Administration Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama; special assistant to the manager, Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;...
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    • Peggy Underwood

    • Peggy Underwood Secretary Personal and confidential secretary to four Colorado governors: Edwin G. Johnson, 1955-1957; Stephen L. H. McNichols, 1957-1962; John A. Love, 1963-1973 and John H. Vanderhoof, 1973-1975.
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    • Gilbert Cruter

    • Gilbert Cruter School Administrator First male black teacher in Denver Public Schools; U.S. Department of State, Goodwill Ambassador to West Africa, 1955; U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer to Eastern Nigeria, 1961-1963; Congressional Liaison Officer...
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    • Cecilia Kay White

    • Cecilia Kay White Musician Age 13, student at Morey Junior High School; harp student since 1967; member of the Cecilian Chapter of the American Harp Society; performed with the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra for Head Start; sang as soloist with...
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    • Honorable James C. Flanigan

    • Honorable James C. Flanigan Colorado's First Black Judge Appointed as Denver deputy district attorney, 1949; municipal court judge, 1957; district court judge, 1965; faculty member of National College of State Judiciary, 1974; presiding judge,...
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    • Wellington E. Webb

    • Wellington E. Webb Mayor, City of Denver Wellington Edward Webb, Thirty-seventh Mayor of Denver. From 1987 until 1991, he was Denver City Auditor. Elected to Colorado House of Representatives in 1972 and reelected in 1974 and 1976. He was named,...
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    • Hiawatha Davis Jr.

    • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Denver City Councilman Hiawatha Davis Jr., a Denver native, grew up in the same Northeast Denver neighborhood he now represents as District 8 City Councilmember. Since elected in 1983, he has served four terms. During this time...
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    • Major Oleta Lawanda Crain

    • Major Oleta Lawanda Crain First African American Woman to enter the military from the State of Colorado (1942). Entering as a private and retiring 20 years later as a Major. Crain joined the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. as a...
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    • Elva Jones Dulan

    • Elva Jones Dulan, R.N. Counselor for Black Students, Loretto Heights College One of the first 18 black nurses serving in Baltimore City Hospitals; one of the first 24 black nurses to enter the Army Nurses Corps, 1941; transferred to Fitzsimons...
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    • Rachel B. Noel

    • Rachel B. Noel Assistant Professor of Sociology, Metropolitan State College Member of the national board of directors, Girl Scouts of America; National Teachers Examination Board; vice-president, Denver Area Council of Churches; member of Board of...
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    • Barney Ford

    • Barney Ford 1822-1902 Businessman Came to Denver in 1860; gold miner in Breckenridge, Colorado; owner of the former Inter-Ocean Hotel at 16th and Black Streets; a civil rights leader of the 19th century; established Denver's first Adult Education...
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    • Evie G. Dennis

    • Evie G. Dennis Superintendent of Denver Public Schools As of September 1990, Dr. Dennis will be the first woman and the first minority to hold the superintendent's post in the Denver Public Schools. Presently, she serves as the district's deputy...
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