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Colorado Artist Reclaims Symbols of Slavery And Racism

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Jasmine Abena Colgan artist
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Jasmine Abena Colgan and her work on display at the Leon Gallery. City Park West, July 16, 2020.

Artist Jasmine Abena Colgan had to answer some provocative questions for her latest show. Like, “What was the price of an African slave?” and “How do you tie a noose used for lynching?" Colgan has traveled several times now to Ghana, where her mother’s from, and where millions of African slaves were forced onto ships, mostly bound for The Americas. Colgan’s new show is called “Human Currency.” It’s at Leon Gallery in Denver, which just reopened for the first time since the pandemic.