Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History - Museum of Boulder
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Welcome to “Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History!” My name is Anna Belle Riley. In 1864, I became the earliest known child of African heritage born in the ancestral lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Utes. At that time, the United States Government called this area the “Colorado Territory,” which later became the state of Colorado in 1876. My family’s stories highlight themes that you’ll see in this exhibit.
This project has been in development for over two years and includes a multimedia exhibit, educational curricula, Street Wise murals, oral histories, and a variety of programs. This project aims to amplify Black perspectives and resource Black historians to preserve and share Colorado’s rich and complex Black history.
Annett James, President of the Boulder County branch of the NAACP, says, “Knowledge of the past is the means to transformation. Thank you Museum of Boulder for celebrating the importance of remembering; and learning; and who gets included; and who belongs!”
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