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Fannie Mae Duncan

Everybody knew Fannie Mae Duncan – and they knew that “everybody was welcome” at her Cotton Club on West Colorado. Despite the 1935 Colorado Civil Rights Act banning discrimination based on race, many restaurants and bars refused to serve Black patrons. Or, like “George’s Place” on South Tejon Street, made Blacks come to the back door. Duncan stood up to Police Chief “Dad” Bruce when he told her not to “run” an integrated club. Instead, she did things her own way – and by doing so, became a legend.

– From the CSPM Curator of History

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