• The Black American <br>West Museum

    The Black American
    West Museum

    The Black American West Museum & Cultural Center (BAWM) was originally founded to tell the story of “Black Cowboys”. The museum has widened it’s scope and tells the “stories” of those early Blacks who came west and performed as miners, soldiers, homesteader, ranchers, blacksmiths, schoolteachers, lawmen and every other professions needed to build up the West.

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  • Paul Stewart, <br>Founder

    Paul Stewart,
    Founder

    The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center was founded in 1971 by Paul Stewart and the museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating the contributions of Blacks in the Old West. It is located in the former home of Dr. Justina Ford, the first licensed African American doctor in the state of Colorado.

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  • Mission

    Mission

    The mission of the Black American West Museum & Cultural Center is to promote an understanding of the role that African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western United States through its collections, program and exhibits

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  • The Black American <br>West Museum
  • Paul Stewart, <br>Founder
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Hours and Location

Hours and Location

Located on the corner of 30th and California Streets. Just minutes for the Historic 5 points.

  • 3091 California Street
  • Denver, Colorado 80205
  • 720.242.7428
  • Hours
  • Fri & Sat 10am-2pm

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Justina L. Ford, M.D., "The Lady Doctor"

Justina L. Ford, M.D., "The Lady Doctor"

Settling in Denver in 1902 with a degree from Hering Medical College in Chicago, she was truly a medical pioneer. Courage and determination sheilded her from the discrimination that she would face even as she applied for her Colorado medical license.
The Founder

The Founder

The Museum began as the personal hobby of Paul W. Stewart, who as a child playing cowboys and Indians, always had to be the Indian because, "There is no such thing as a Black cowboy," he was told. After Mr. Stewart reached adulthood, he met a Black cowboy and learned that one out of three cowboys in the building of the American West was Black.
Childrens Programs

Childrens Programs

Our premier program is a "Day in The Life" series where we introduce children to what it was like to be a Cowboy, Miner, Buffalo Soldier or Pioneer in the West. In this program your group learns the life, both the good and the bad, of these early Western Americans through dress, stories, song, history, artifacts and action.

Swinging Back<span class="uk-text-primary"> <br class="uk-hidden-small">to the 1940's</span><br class="uk-hidden-small">Points!

Swinging Back
to the 1940's

Points!

We are pleased to invite you to Swinging Back to the Points: 1940’s on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Summit Conference and Event Center. The theme for the event is Honoring the Legendary Harlem of the West “Five Points” 1940’s.

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