The Smithsonian Is Preserving Denver’s Black History, Starting With Family Photos

November 2, 2018

The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture is coming to Denver to learn and preserve the city's African American history.

It's just one stop in a nationwide "community curation" tour that aims to collect small, intimate narratives about African American families and individuals that would otherwise be forgotten.

Museum curators and archivists arrived in Denver on Nov. 1 and will stay until Nov. 11. The project is working with the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and the Black American West Museum in Five Points.  

Contributors bring in their photos, videos and audio, which they get to keep as well as a USB drive with the digitized copies. The program also offers workshops and talks.

Doretha Williams is with the Robert F. Smith Fund, which supports the project. Williams talked to Colorado Matters about the community curation effort.