The Denver Park Trust partnered 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.
The sign, a major feature of the park, was in a state of 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 to work collaboratively with Denver Parks and Recreation to restore the interpretive sign and a nearby monument. Thanks to this effort, park visitors can now learn about George Morrison, Sr.’s many contributions to Colorado and jazz.
In January, 2022 the Denver Park Trust (DPT) awarded a $5,000 Community Grant to the George Morrison, Sr. Park Committee to fund this project. The DPT also assisted with project management and vendor coordination.