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Preserving Black Western Legacies

The Rocky Mountain region hosts a web of narratives around Black leaders and communities who have enriched the national narrative on Black history. This includes the legacies of the Lincoln Hills Resort and Dearfield community, Colorado House of Representatives Arie Parks Taylor and the Honorable Wilma J. Webb, and community leaders such as Elvin Caldwell and Marie Greenwood. These are a few of many examples to which we can look for African American leadership and resilience. The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library stewards their personal papers and, with funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services, digitized many of their records. Below, you will find links to StoryMaps which illustrate their achievements as well as links to their manuscript collections for further research in our archives.

Lincoln Hills and Black leisure

This StoryMap describes the liberatory potential that the Lincoln Hills resort provided to Black people during the 1920s-1960s. Also included are digitized letters and documents, photographs, and resources for further research.