Recording the Ephemeral Moments of History in the Making
History Colorado’s photographers documented the protests for racial justice across the state during the summer of 2020.
When grief and anger spilled into streets throughout the nation and around Colorado one year ago in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police officer Derek Chauvin, History Colorado’s curatorial and collections team picked up their cameras and headed out to document the historic moment. Photographers Katie Bush, José Ortega, and James Peterson recorded enduring images of the protests in downtown Denver, Aurora, and Pueblo. Their photographs capture a sense of the raw energy and spontaneity of history in the making that is otherwise often lost to the record. They are now part of History Colorado‘s permanent collection, so that no matter where this powerful moment in our shared story leads us, future generations will have a clear picture of how it began.
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American Studies 102: Survey of 21st Century US “Race” RelationsFor our Hindsight 20/20 project, a 22nd-century American Studies professor looks back at the antiquated notion of “race” that prevailed in 2020, when high-profile incidents of anti-Blackness sparked the War of Reckoning and, ultimately, the Great Reconciliation.