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Justina Ford House

  • Justina Ford House

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    From 1912 to 1952, Justina Ford lived and saw patients in this house, then located on Arapahoe Street in Denver's Curtis Park neighborhood. It has now been moved to California Street, where it houses the Black American West Museum.
    Justina Ford House
  • Justina Ford

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    In October 1902, Justina Ford was licensed as the first black woman doctor in Colorado. Over the next fifty years, she delivered more than 7,000 babies and became a well-respected member of the Denver medical community.
    Justina Ford
  • Justina Ford House on Arapahoe Street

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    In 1982 a private developer acquired the block where Justina Ford's house was located and planned to clear the whole area. Local residents lobbied to delay demolition and worked out an agreement to save the house by moving it to a different site.
    Justina Ford House on Arapahoe Street
  • Moving the Justina Ford House

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    In February 1984, the Justina Ford House was jacked up, placed on a wheeled platform, and towed about a mile to California Street. The house was renovated and became home to the Black American West Museum.
    Moving the Justina Ford House
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References: 

Lane Ittelson, “Justina Ford House,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (May 9, 1984).

Joyce B. Lohse, “Justina Ford: Colorado’s Lady Doctor,” in Doctors, Disease, & Dying in the Pikes Peak Region, ed. Tim Blevins et al. (Colorado Springs, CO: Pikes Peak Library District, 2012).

John Wenzel, “Museum Founder Celebrates Blacks in the West, Colorado Celebrates Him,” The Denver Post, December 13, 2014.

Additional Information: 

Phil Goodstein, Curtis Park, Five Points, and Beyond: The Heart of Historic East Denver (Denver: New Social, 2014).

Moya Hansen, “Pebbles on the Shore: Economic Opportunity in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood, 1920–1950,” Colorado History 5 (2001).

Laura M. Mauck, Five Points Neighborhood of Denver (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2001).

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