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Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History - Museum of Boulder

A comprehensive, but not complete, look at the African American experience in Colorado. The goal of this project has been working collaboratively to preserve Colorado’s rich and complex Black histories, sharing them broadly, and integrating them into Colorado education. SEPTEMBER 30, 2023 - SEPTEMBER 2025

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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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Museum of Boulder


Tebo Center 2205 Broadway
Boulder, CO, 80304
United States


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