Tuesday, August 9, 2011

William Seymour, ladies and gentlemen

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

As John Ensslin details here, the much-beloved statue of early Colorado Springs resident William Seymour had to undergo a small renovation when a drunk driver rammed into His Statue-ness about a year ago. I'm not sure how long he's been back in the saddle, ready for your pictures on the Tejon Street side of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, but go love him while the loving's good.

By the way, the plaque in front reads:

Born into slavery on a plantation in central Kentucky, William Seymour and his wife, Elizabeth, homesteaded in Kansas following the Civil War. In the late 1890's the Seymours migrated further west, herding their cattle from their Kansas ranch, and settling on a large tract of land north of Colorado Springs near Black Forest. There, with the help of their eleven children, they established a prosperous farm and dairy operation. After retirement the Seymours moved into town, where William participated in church and civic life and was the first African American to serve on a jury in the El Paso County Courthouse.

William Seymour is representative of those known as the "invisible people of the Pikes Peak Region" — black American pioneers whose contributions to the growth and development of this area have been largely unrecognized. It is to these preserving individuals that this sculpture, by artist Stephanie Huerta, is dedicated.

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