The role that the Denver authorities played in Preston Porter Jr.'s lynching is irrefutable and the Colorado Community Remembrance Project, Denver-Limon coalition felt that it was important that the City be held accountable. 

The coalition worked with Councilman Paul Kashmann and then Councilman Albus Brooks to bring this proclamation to the Denver City Council on November 5, 2018, for their consideration. 

Coalition members Pennie Goodman and Elisabeth Epps spoke for the proclamation. It passed unanimously and in response to it's passing the entire chamber gave a standing ovation.

Watch the entire Proclamation reading and powerful speeches by our coalition members

Proclamation No. 18-1294


A proclamation proclaiming November 16, 2018 as a day to remember and condemn the lynching, by burning, of sixteen-year-old, African American, Preston "John" Porter, Jr. on November 16, 1900 and to acknowledge the city of Denver's complicity in his torturous death.  


The Colorado Community Remembrance Project is a community-based, volunteer-run, nonprofit organization working to promote racial justice and racial reconciliation in our state by documenting the history of racial terror lynching, advocating for full acknowledgment of these murders, and ensuring that those whose lives were taken in these brutal campaigns are remembered with honor and dignity.

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