African-Americans made (and continue to make) an important contribution to the history of Colorado. You can read short biographies of several prominent blacks in Colorado history on the State Library’s Colorado Virtual Library website, including Justina Ford, Barney Ford, Hattie McDaniel, and James Pierson Beckwourth. You can also find video biographies of Clara Brown, Bill Pickett, Justina Ford, and O.T. Jackson on History Colorado’s Biographies of Notable Coloradans page. Also, in our library you can find back issues of Colorado Magazine and its successor, Colorado Heritage, from the Colorado Historical Society. Here you can find articles on topics such as blacks in WWI and WWII; black cowboys; buffalo soldiers; civil rights; jazz musicians; negro baseball leagues; slavery and freedom; and much more.
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