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Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, Denver

Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, Denver. MidiMacMan/Wiimedia Commons

Founded by Iowa native Paul W. Stewart (1925–2015), the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center began in 1971 as a small collection of items housed at Clayton College in Denver. In the 1980s, a new source of funding allowed the museum to relocate to the Five Points neighborhood, sometimes referred to as the " Harlem of the West" for its large African American population. In addition to its collections honoring black cowboys and settlers, the museum also preserves items belonging to Justina Ford (1871–1952), the first licensed African American female doctor in the city.

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