History of the Blair-Caldwell Library

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Isabelle Novak writes, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library informs the people of Denver about Colorado and Rocky Mountain West…The Blair-Caldwell Africa

Isabelle Novak writes, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library informs the people of Denver about Colorado and Rocky Mountain West…The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library informs the people of Denver about Colorado and Rocky Mountain West African American literature, art, music, religion and politics. The library includes exhibits showing things from Five Points, early Denver, and the Black West. Some exhibits show the earliest arrivals, leadership, and temporary exhibits. This building is wheelchair-accessible, has three stories and is 40,000 square foot.

 

Mayor Wellington E. Webb and First Lady Wilma J. Webb wanted this library to be built. They started gathering the history of African Americans. By 2000, consultants and a community advisory committee helped plan the library. Library staff collected African American memorabilia. In 2002, groundbreaking for the library took place. The Denver Public Library Commission named the library the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, which Mayor Wellington Webb and First Lady Wilma Webb proposed. The name included the last names of Oman Blair and Elvin Caldwell. Their names were used because they used their time and talents to bring changes to Denver and the West.