Denver Neighborhoods – Whittier

“Denver’s historic Whittier neighborhood is named for the school¹ now located at Downing Street and 24th Avenue, but originally built along Marion Street. The school’s name honored the nineteenth-century abolitionist poet, John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). Whittier was a founding member of the Republican Party. His poems attacked the injustices of slavery, while at the same time condemning the inherent hypocrisy of a nation that was founded on the ideal of freedom. A religious man of Quaker faith, he was deeply concerned about social justice. After the Civil War, Whittier remained a moral voice for the country in its struggle to overcome racism.”



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