Daphne Rice-Allen | Black American West Museum & Heritage Center

The Museum grew out of Paul W. Stewart’s personal passion for collecting materials that would document the stories of African Americans living in the West. Since finding a home in the historic Dr. Justina L. Ford house in 1988, The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center (BAWM) has become a must-see destination for visitors from around the world. Now each year thousands of people visit the museum to experience a facet of the West not recorded in history books. The Museum's role is to promote an understanding of the role African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western United States through its collections, programs, and exhibits. BAWM & HC seeks to become the leading American museum in sharing information about the unique experiences and contributions of African Americans in the West.

Daphne H. Rice-Allen has been a leader in the African American arts and culture community since 1989. Her parents attended historically Black colleges in the South and encouraged her to be always be curious . Leading the museum is part of that tradition. During her tenure as the Chair she is motivated to strengthen the museum’s volunteer and membership base. Mrs. Rice-Allen has held positions as an Arts Coordinator for Art Reach after school program and a former board member of the Denver Black Arts Festival now the Colorado Black Arts Festival. She was recently inducted into the Circle of Wisdom by the Colorado Kwanzaa Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications/Public Relations from Metro State College and an associate’s degree in Applied Science, Fashion Merchandising from Arapahoe Community College.

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