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Denver removes anti-Chinese plaque 142 years after anti-Chinese riot that destroyed its Chinatown

  • Due to historical inaccuracies, Denver removed a plaque titled “Chinese Riot of 1880” from a building in Lower Downtown on Monday.
  • The plaque was, in fact, not about a “Chinese riot” but an anti-Chinese riot that resulted in damages to homes, businesses and even the death of a man named Look Young.
  • The writing also lauded white people who showed “remarkable courage” during the riot and overemphasized the city’s Chinese drug problem as a cause for hostilities.
  • The move came after the city officially apologized to early Chinese immigrants and their descendants in April for the riot and historical injustices to the community.

Denver removed a historical marker riddled with inaccuracies about the Chinese community’s presence and influence in the city in the late 1800s on Monday.

The plaque, located in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, inaccurately described events surrounding the so-called “Chinese Riot of 1880,” which occurred on Halloween that year and stemmed from a saloon brawl between white patrons and two Chinese customers.

Denver to formally apologize for anti-Chinese riot of 1880

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  • Denver is set to formally apologize to early Chinese immigrants and their descendants on April 16 for the historic injustices they suffered during an anti-Chinese riot that happened on Oct. 31, 1880.
  • A dispute in downtown Denver in 1880 led to a group of white people attacking Chinese residents and the death of Chinese laundry worker, Look Young.
  • Colorado Asian Pacific United (CAPU) and the city have teamed up to organize the event, which will be held at the University of Colorado Denver’s Lawrence Street Center downtown.
  • The office of Mayor Michael Hancock said the event will “promote reconciliation, inclusivity and education around the history and culture of Asian American/Pacific Islander Coloradans.”
  • Denver will reportedly be the sixth city to formally apologize to the Chinese community and the first outside of California.

Denver is set to formally apologize to early Chinese immigrants and their descendants on April 16 for the historic injustices they suffered during the city’s first race riot 142 years ago.

Colorado Asian Pacific United (CAPU) and the city have teamed up to organize the event, which will be held at the University of Colorado Denver’s Lawrence Street Center downtown.

Denver’s Only Chinatown Was Destroyed By Racists 139 Years Ago

On October 31, 1880, Denver saw its first race riot in the city’s history.

One hundred thirty-nine years ago, on this day, an argument broke out at John Asmussen’s Saloon on Wazee Street between two Chinese patrons playing pool and some intoxicated White patrons. In the 19th century, this area of downtown Denver was known as Hop Alley — the city’s Chinatown, with around 500 Chinese residents.