Five Points & Whittier Neighborhood History

  •  March 26, 2021
     12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Join the Posner Center Community and other organizations working in Five Points and Whittier to learn about the neighborhoods where we work. As the population of Five Points grew, families crossed the Downing Street boundary into the Whittier neighborhood. Both are multi-ethnic neighborhoods, with a range of different stories and perspectives.

Terri Gentry, a Board Director from the Black American West Museum and an expert on the history of our surrounding neighborhood will explore its history from a Black perspective, celebrating members of our community, as their legacies continue to inspire our lives.

This is a virtual, free event.  A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to the event.

Terri Gentry
Terri Gentry is a 3rd generation native of Denver. She is married to Dwight Gentry, with 4 children and 9 grandchildren. She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Interior Design. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in African/American Studies from Metro State College (University) of Denver, and a Master’s Degree in Humanities, focused on Public History and Museum Studies, from the University of Colorado Denver. Terri is an interior designer and business owner of A Terrific Design and a sales manager at Joy’s Consigned Furnishings in Denver. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Aurora, CO chapter. Terri is a Volunteer Docent and Board Director of the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center. She conducts museum tours, Five Points walking tours, and presentations about Black Americans in the West, and other topics, to schools, community groups, government agencies, and businesses throughout the Denver Metro area, and Front Range communities.

The Black American West Museum is just around the corner from the Posner Center at 31st and California.  The museum is housed in Dr. Justina Ford’s house that was moved from 23rd and Arapahoe. It’s closed now for renovation and due to covid, but check it out later this year.

The Museum began with Paul Stewart, who as a child playing cowboys and Indians, always played an Indian because he was told, “There is no such thing as a Black Cowboy.”

The mission of the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center is to promote an understanding of the role that African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western United States through its collections, programs, and exhibits.

The Posner Center for International Development is committed to accessibility and inclusion for all people. To request additional accommodations or for questions about accessibility, please contact Lauren Andraski at  or 720-515-9071.

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Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.