Empowered by Place: Julia Greeley's Denver

02/09/2022 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM MT


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Join us as we explore Julia Greeley’s Denver. Julia Greeley, known as Denver’s Angel of Charity, was enslaved until Missouri’s Emancipation Act of 1865. Greeley came to Denver in the 1870s and worked for white families, giving all she could to assist poor families in her neighborhood. If her own resources were not adequate, she spent time begging for food, fuel or clothing for those who needed it. Julia conducted most of her charitable work at night to avoid embarrassing those she helped. She was also a devoted member of the Catholic Church, a member of the Sacred Heart Parish since 1880 and joined the Secular Franciscan Order in 1901. When she died in 1918, her body was laid out at Loyola Chapel, and hundreds came to pay their respects. Fr. Blaine Burkey, author of the Life and Virtues of Julia Greeley, and currently working with Rome to canonize Julia Greeley, will join us. We will also explore the buildings she would have visited that are still standing today.

Empowered by Place is a conversation about how Denver’s historic places play an important role in our present. Fueled by current issues, we’ll unpack some of the pressing issues by discussing with local experts and encouraging our audience to take part in the dialogue.