“Black On Track:
African American Connections and Stories”
A Celebration of Black History Month
February 16, Saturday
Celebrate Black History Month
Join us to experience African American connections and stories that contributed to both the railroad and cultural history of our state.
The “Great Migration” following the Civil War brought thousands of African Americans north and west pursuing dreams of opportunity and greater freedom. The rise of railroad tourism provided opportunities for African Americans, many of whom served as porters on cars made by the Pullman Palace Car Company. In Denver, these rail employees and their families established a lively community in Five Points.
Ride the rails in vintage passenger coaches with red velvet seats and brass chandeliers pulled by an 1880′s steam locomotive, and explore the Museum’s collection of over 100 pieces of historic rolling stock, from cabooses and freight cars, to iconic diesel and steam locomotives that ran through Colorado.
Listen to re-enactors as they transport you back to the experiences, challenges and sometimes harsh realities faced by African Americans working and traveling on the railroads in Colorado.
View a special exhibit about Pullman porters, with unique artifacts from Colorado Railroad Museum collections.
Savor food from Kuechos. This caterer will be selling some traditional soul food options including Jamaican hush puppies and fried chicken wings. So bring your appetite and don’t miss the banana fitters.
Enjoy the celebrated sounds of African American classical, jazz and blues musicians like William Grant Still, Sidney Bechet, Ma Rainey, and Jelly Roll Morton, who once performed in Five Points neighborhood venues.
Special thanks to Kenneth Grimes and the re-enactors from Beckwourth Outdoors.