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Denver will formally apologize for anti-Chinese riot in 1880

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A historic marker in LoDo that details the “Chinese Riot of 1880.” Feb. 25, 2021.

On Saturday, April 16, the city of Denver will apologize to early Chinese immigrants and their descendants for an anti-Chinese riot in 1880. A Chinese man was lynched. The riot also led to the destruction of the city’s Chinatown. It's in the Denver neighborhood now known as LoDo. Denver will be the fifth city in the U.S. to issue this kind of apology.

There’s a plaque marking the riot, but critics say it whitewashes the history. A group called "Colorado Asian-Pacific United" wants it replaced. Shauna Medeiros-Tuilaepa and Joie Ha are board members. They spoke with Ryan Warner in June.