Plaque about anti-Chinese riot in 1880 to be removed in Denver

August 8, 2022
Colorado state historian William Wei stands by a plaque in downtown Denver honoring the Chinatown riots in 1880.Colorado state historian William Wei stands by a plaque in downtown Denver honoring the Chinatown riots in 1880.Michelle Fulcher/CPR News
Former Colorado state historian William Wei stands by a plaque in downtown Denver marking the Chinatown riot in 1880.

A plaque at the site of an anti-Chinese riot in 1880 will be removed from downtown Denver on Monday, August 8, 2022. It comes four months after the city issued a formal apology for the marker, which whitewashes the history. A Chinese man was lynched during the riot,  and Chinatown, in what's now LoDo, was destroyed.

A group called "Colorado Asian-Pacific United" will be on hand for the plaque's removal. Shauna Medeiros-Tuilaepa and Joie Ha co-chair the board. They spoke with Ryan Warner last year. The plaque will be given to History Colorado for preservation in its museum.