Mister Barney Ford

This three-tiered bronze sculpture depicts the life of Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who became a Colorado businessman and leading civil rights activist. Among his businesses, Ford opened a chophouse in Breckenridge before moving on to Denver, where he developed education programs for African-Americans and pushed successfully for African-American suffrage at the national level. The piece is by Emanuel Martinez, an artist who fought alongside Cesar Chavez and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century. It was installed in 2007 as part of the Breckenridge public art collection.


Breckenridge Public Art Collection // breckcreate.org/explore/public-art
Emanuel Martinez // emanuelmartinez.com

Photos: Liam Doran