The Black American West Museum is a unique, one of its kind museum that features many roles African-Americans played in the Old West. Founded 1971 by Paul W. Stewart, it is located at 3091 California St, Denver. The museum is situated in the former home of Justina Ford, the first licensed black woman doctor in Colorado. She practiced here from 1902-1952, delivering many of the 7,000 babies here. A replica of her examining room and some of her original medical supplies are on display at the museum.
Black American West Museum is divided into many diverse exhibits such as the 'homestead exhibit' that is dedicated to the town of Dearfield, Colorado's Black pioneer town. The star attraction is the 'cowboy gallery' where you can learn about Black Wild West heroes like Deadwood Dick, frontier scout James Beckwourth and many others. You will also find many items and photographs from famous and not-so-famous Black cowboys and stuff like saddles, spurs, hats, chaps, boots and other accessories.
Another room is devoted to the all-black army soldiers that patrolled the Western frontier. The Native Americans called them 'Buffalo Soldiers' because the dust and sweat of their brows caused their hair to mat like that of a buffalo. Here you can also learn about the Tuskegee airmen and their heroics during World War II in their support of winning war effort.
After watching the exhibits, you can visit the hall of education and watch an old Western movie starring Herbert Jeffries, a singing Black cowboy from the 1930s or can go upstairs to bookstore and browse the many titles that they have on hand about the Old West and the many Blacks that helped build it.
Hours for visiting this great museum are:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 10:00 until 2:00 pm
Sunday - 1:00 until 4:00 pm