The Denver Park Trust is partnering with The George Morrison Sr. Park Committee to restore the interpretive sign describing the life and legacy of George Morrison, Sr. in his namesake park.
George Morrison, Sr. was an international star during the 1920’s Jazz Age and the first Black signed to a record contract by Columbia Records. This long-time Denver resident is still remembered as one of Colorado’s most celebrated violinists and composers. Music legends like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Jelly Roll Morton all played with this talented bandleader.
George Morrison, Sr. Park features a tribute and interpretive sign recognizing Mr. Morrison’s many contributions to Colorado and jazz music. The sign, nearly two decades old, is in a state of major disrepair—weathered and worn to the point of being illegible. The Whittier Community, led by Dr. Awon Atuire, created the George Morrison, Sr. Park Committee with the goal of restoring the interpretive sign to inform park visitors of George Morrison’s important and lasting legacy.
In January, 2022 the Denver Park Trust awarded a $5,000 Community Grant to the George Morrison, Sr. Park Committee for this project.