“here’s a forgotten and dark history as to how the Five Points neighborhood in Denver was formed.
It was called redlining. Starting in the 1930’s the Federal Housing Administration drew up maps of major metropolitan areas around the country including Denver. Entire neighborhoods of color were marked in red. The maps and policies encouraged banks to not lend to African American’s.
“Red-lining goes way back, to part of a process of… perpetuating segregation, and the folks that have versus the have not,” Terri Gentry a volunteer docent with the Black American West Museum said.
She said the first line was drawn down Downing Street and the area still holds significance for people today.
“My great grandfather was the first black family on Marion Street that’s one block East of Downing and he had to walk up the alley to his house, he couldn’t walk up the street,” Gentry said.
Redlining prevented African American’s from owning their own homes and moving into white neighborhoods. When African American’s found a way around the rules they faced harsh discrimination.
“George Morrison built a house over on Gilpin street and the ku klux klan, allegedly I have to say, burned it down three times.” She said.
Redlining didn’t stop Five Points from thriving.”
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Porter, Jessica. Channel 7 News 1 March 2019.