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History and Culture Resources

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Black History in Denver Public Schools

The history of Denver Public Schools follows the challenges and accomplishments made by individuals within Denver’s Black and African community. Despite historical oppression, trauma, discrimination, and legal exclusion, contributions made by trailblazers within the Black and African American community stand as essential lessons today. It is important to explore history to deepen personal awareness. As awareness is deepened, commitment to keep this history relevant will uplift and enrich a personal experience and journey that is meaningful.

DPS History and Culture Videos

Places to Visit

The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center highlights the history of cowboys, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers, miners, and the military in the West, and the Five Points Neighborhood of Denver. Learn more here.

The Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library showcases the many contributions of African Americans to Colorado and the West through personal and professional papers, publications, photographs, works of art and other memorabilia. Learn more here.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Learn more here.