There’s a little church in Grand Junction with a big story. The Handy Chapel was built in 1892  and  it’s always served as a refuge for the city’s black residents.Colorado Preservation Inc. recently put the chapel on its list of endangered places. Ryan Warner speaks with Josephine Dickey, whose great-grandfather helped build the chapel. She and other family members have helped lead the congregation ever since.

 

First aired March 9, 2011.


[Historic photo, circa 1899, courtesy of Josephine Dickey. Her grandmother, Lizzie Austin Taylor, is pictured in the white dress at the front of the group.]


[Present day photo: Colorado Preservation Inc.]