Trailblazing judge’s Denver neighborhood receives historic landmark status

January 7, 2022
Judge Raymond Jones, right, and his son Raymond II, walk around the house once owned by the family at 780 Steele Street in Denver. Jones was the first Black Appellate Court Judge in Colorado, and Historic Denver is trying to get the home declared a historic landmark.

Raymond Jones was Colorado's first Black appellate court judge, and now two blocks of his neighborhood on Steele Street will be honored and protected. CPR's Anthony Cotton witnessed a very special reunion of neighbors. Then, Annie Levinsky, of Historic Denver, sheds light on how this and other designations come together.